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CONGRATULATIONS: Cornwallis lad Calum Godden starts Royal Navy adventure

Friday 21st May 2021

FORMER Cornwallis Academy pupil Calum Godden has joined the Royal Navy after completing his basic training.

Calum (18) worked in retail after school but felt the pull of a life at sea.

Now he is engineering technician after being accepted as a trainee on HMS Collingwood.

He has just completed the intensive 10-week basic training course designed to teach him the skills he will rely upon throughout his naval career.

He said: “It’s my dream job and will help me achieve my life goals. My family history is in the services with relatives serving during World War 2, therefore I wanted to keep their memory closer by joining the Royal Navy.

“Training has had its hard times, as it’s meant to, but it’s definitely lived up to what I expected of it and I feel I’ve become a stronger person for it.

"From walking through the main gate to passing out it’s been a tough journey. I’ve made friends for life and learnt skills I never thought I would. My new shipmates are a second family.”

The Royal Navy’s Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of Royal Naval discipline and customs.