A 24-year-old from Chester has completed his transformation from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor and is now one step closer to a career at sea.

Trainee engineering technician Michael Tysoe arrived at HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy’s training base in Cornwall last September. During a 10-week course he has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the Service. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

The former pupil of Helsby High School previously worked as a head chef. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy for an adventure and to be able to say that I’ve done something with my life. I’m proud to play my part, serving my country and the Queen. I’ve loved every minute of my training; all the team work, the military exercises, weapons training, seamanship and meeting such a good bunch of people.

“It’s great to have earned my place in the Royal Navy and I’m aiming to get as highly qualified as I can, while moving up the ranks.”

With the first phase of his training complete Michael is heading for HMS Sultan in Hampshire.

There he will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively. Once fully qualified he will work on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems. As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, he’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s workshops.