Megan has what it takes for life at sea

Megan Davies has passed her Royal Navy training
Megan Davies has passed her Royal Navy training

An 18-year-old from Motherwell has completed her transformation from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor and is now one step closer to a career at sea.

Trainee Steward Megan Davies arrived at HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy’s training base in Cornwall last November.

During a 10-week course she has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that she will rely upon throughout her time in the Service.

These included learning about navigation and taking the helm of a medium-sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise.

The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends. 

The former Taylor High pupil worked as a holistic therapist prior to embarking on her Naval career.

She said: “I’ve always wanted to be in the Navy and I guess I’m genuinely just a family person, so the idea of being part of something bigger and push myself to new heights were among my reasons for joining up.

“Being at HMS Raleigh has changed me as a person. I feel stronger and more capable. I’ve enjoyed my time here, particularly the team-building exercises and the seamanship training on the river.

“Overall there are so many different experiences that brings the team together, and looking to the future I would hope to serve my time fully and reach the rank of at least Petty Officer.”

With the first phase of her training complete Megan will remain at HMS Raleigh for her professional training at the Defence Maritime Logistics School.

There she will undergo a 12-week course to learn how to provide hospitality for visiting VIPs including Heads of State and will also learn about accommodation management and stock accounting.