Recruit takes next step in Naval career

Rowena Park. Crown copyright, picture by Dave Sherfield.
Rowena Park. Crown copyright, picture by Dave Sherfield.

A north Northumberland recruit is one step closer to a career at sea after completing the first phase of her Royal Navy training.

Trainee Warfare Specialist Rowena Park, from Wooler, arrived at the gates of HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, in May.

During a 10-week intensive course, Rowena and her fellow recruits have been taught the basic skills they will rely upon throughout their service careers.

The training culminates in the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

The former Duchess’s Community High School pupil worked as a banking advisor before embarking on her Naval career.

Rowena said: “I joined the Royal Navy for a long-lasting career that would give me adventures and security. I also want to travel and have a varied lifestyle.

“The training has been incredibly challenging. There are many highs and lows.

“Seamanship training was one of the best parts of the course, driving the small boats and staying overnight on a decommissioned minesweeper.

“I also enjoyed the assault and obstacle courses, parade training and the teamwork exercises.

“It feels fantastic to have completed training. It’s an extremely proud moment for me and my family.”

With the first phase of her training complete Rowena will now transfer to HMS Drake, in Plymouth, to train as a hydrographic meteorological and oceanographic specialist.

There she will learn how to use advanced survey equipment and environmental sensors to build up a detailed picture of local tides, currents, sea depths and the seabed, which are vital to operations.

Details of Navy career opportunities are available online at or on 08456 07 55 55.