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A Sheffield teenager has completed her transformation from civillian to Royal Navy sailor and is now one step closer to a career at sea.

17-year-old Trainee Air Engineering Technician Ellie Burn, of High Green, completed a ten-week induction course at Royal Navy Cornwall training base HMS Raleigh over the sumnmer.

A spokesman from HMS Raleigh said: “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 Naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise.

“Royal Navy personnel can also be called upon to play a vital role in land-based operations, so recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field.

“Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.”

Former Ecclesfield Secondary School pupil Ellie, who previously worked as a waitress, said: “I joined the Royal Navy for a good career and to learn a variety of different skills. Training was hard, but rewarding. My next goal is to complete my specialist training and progress in the Fleet Air Arm.”

The first phase of her training complete, Ellie is now heading to HMS Sultan in Hampshire, where she will learn how to carry out scheduled maintenance, as well as pre- and post-flight servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm’s helicopters.