A 24-year-old from Clayton-le-Dale who has an ambition to be a Royal Navy pilot has completed the first stage of his training at Britannia Royal Naval College.
Sub Lieutenant Christopher Hindle embarked on a career in the Royal Navy last November, and to prepare him for his new role he has undergone 30 weeks of intense training, which culminated in a passing-out-parade and his formal commissioning as a naval officer.
The Royal Navy’s initial naval training course for officers is split into three 10-week phases, known as militarisation, marinisation and initial fleet time. The first two take place predominately at the world renowned college in Dartmouth, but Christopher undertook the final stage of his training at sea on board the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious, currently deployed as part of the Cougar 2013 Task Group, operating in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa.
Christopher said: “I’ve learned during the course that the biggest barriers against success are mental ones. Being stood up to my earlobes in a freezing river on Dartmoor in the middle of January will be one of my lasting memories of my course.
“I now look forward to flight training and will work hard to be selected for fixed wing aviation, as I have an aspiration to fly the new joint strike fighter.”
A former pupil of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Christopher graduated from Manchester University in 2010 with a degree in physics with astrophysics. Prior to joining the Royal Navy he worked as a machine operator with an engineering firm in Clitheroe.
He said: “I always wanted to fly and thought that I would relish the challenge that naval aviation will offer me. I also joined the Royal Navy for the lifestyle and adventure.”
With the first stage of his training complete, Christopher will remain at Britannia Royal Naval College to begin his specialist training. The initial training course for officers is underpinned by nine core maritime skills that are the foundations of naval life and essential to operational effectiveness. It involves maritime training on the River Dart and also uses the rugged environment of Dartmoor to teach the cadets how to operate and lead in the field.
Fitness training is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness, while command, leadership and management training is a constant thread throughout the course with an emphasis on coaching, mentoring and development activities.
l Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the recruitment line on 08456 07 55 55.