Bridlington recruit sails past training

Trainee Engineer Technician ( Marine Engineer) Niko Leith, who hails from Bridlington.
Trainee Engineer Technician ( Marine Engineer) Niko Leith, who hails from Bridlington.

A 20 year old from Bridlington is set for a career at sea having completed his first stage of his Royal Naval training.

Trainee Engineer Technician ( Marine Engineer) Niko Leith joined the service in January this year, arriving at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, for his induction training.

The former Headlands School pupil has now completed an intensive 10-week course designed to teach him the skills he will depend upon throughout his career.

The course rounds off with the Passing-out-Parade when the successful recruits march out in front of their families and friends.

He said: “ My granddad inspired me to join the Navy. He said it was the best thing ever.

“My father’s biggest regret was not joining the Navy because he had children.

“My granddad said it was a lot of hard work, a great career and great thing to do. It’s very rewarding and I’m very proud of the job.”

The next step in Niko’s training will be to master the skills for his chosen career as an Engineer Technician specialising in marine engineering.

This will take place at HMS Sultan in Hampshire. There he will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively.

Once qualified he will work on everything from the ships hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems.

As the ship will be away from port at weeks at a time, he’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s workshops.