Able Rate (Mine Warfare) Daniel Gardner, aged 19, has graduated as a mine warfare specialist.
Daniel, who joined the Royal Navy last December, is originally from Colby, where parents Jill and Stephen still live.
The former Castle Rushen High School pupil said: ‘I’ve enjoyed my time during training in the Royal Navy. I now look forward to joining my first ship and to my time within the fleet.’
While on course, Daniel represented the navy at the unveiling of the National Arboretum in Stafford.
Daniel is following in the footsteps of his uncle and cousin who both served within the navy.
He has graduated from HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hampshire, after completing his Phase 2 training, with Victory Squadron.
Captain Steve Dainton CBE RN, commanding officer of HMS Collingwood, saw the graduation of the new trainees and their passing out into the fleet.
Addressing those who had come to observe and share in the success of their relative, he said: ‘I would like to say a huge thank you to you, the families and friends who are here today. It’s really important that these young men and women know that your support is there.’
During his 14-week course, Daniel was trained in the specialist areas of mine warfare, including the various types of mines, how they operate and how they’re used in war, including disposal.
In addition, he also learnt how to detect mines and minefields using mine-hunting sonar and how to launch and operate the remote-controlled mine-disposal vehicle. After successfully completing the course, Daniel now joins the Mine Counter Measure Squadron in Portsmouth where he’ll wait to join his first ship.
HMS Collingwood is the home of the Maritime Warfare School which contributes to the operational capability of the fleet by providing first class training to all officers and ratings of the Royal Navy in their professional specialisations, which include weapon engineering, communications and warfare.