Whiston sailor hopes for under-water career

A CAREER under water beckons for a sailor who is training to be a submarine weapon engineer at the Royal Navy’s training establishment on the south coast.

Matt Lewis (18), from Whiston, is currently in his first term at HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hampshire, where he is training to become an engineering technician (weapon engineer).

Former St Bernard’s Catholic High School pupil Matt, joined the Royal Navy in September and passed out from HMS Raleigh two months later after his initial training.

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He then went to HMS Collingwood in December to start his specialist training course where he is learning about the Royal Navy’s weapon systems, safety procedures, electrical and electronic repair techniques, and the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics.

On board he will work alongside marine, warfare and logistics specialists and lead and manage experts in communications, IT, explosives and electronic sensor systems.

Matt said he enjoyed physics at school, but decided to look for an apprenticeship when he left because he preferred hands-on work and engineering rather than academic studies.

He said: “I enjoy working with something physical and something you can touch, so I set my sights on engineering.

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“Weapon engineering appealed to me because I like working on electrical circuits rather than engines.”

Matt also recently discovered there was a family history of service in the Royal Navy as both his late grandfathers have served in the armed forces.

Matt added he was looking forward to going to sea when he qualifies in August.

He said: “I can't wait to go to sea.

“I’ve been in HMS Monmouth and HMS Sutherland for acquaint training and enjoyed it very much.

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“But I intend to spend my career in submarines. The promotion’s good, the qualifications are excellent, and the training makes you very employable.”