Skegness man in Royal Navy success

Shaun Pagram was among the successful recruits to enjoying the passing out parade. Photo - Crown Copyright (Dave Sherfield).
Shaun Pagram was among the successful recruits to enjoying the passing out parade. Photo - Crown Copyright (Dave Sherfield).

A 35-year-old from Skegness was among the successful Royal Navy recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh to mark the successful end of basic training.

Warfare Specialist (Mine Warfare) Shaun Pagram arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall recently.

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.

Previous to training, Shaun attended the King Edward VI Humanities College in Spilsby and worked as a UPVC installer for 18 years before running his own business for the past seven years.

Shaun said: “Having been in the same trade for 18 years, I decided that I wanted a secure career with great opportunities that will set me up for the rest of my working career.

“I’ve really enjoyed the Seamanship training as I’ve been a part of the lifeboat crew at Skegness prior to joining.

“Initial training has been very demanding, both mentally and physically.

“I’ve worked hard at everything, and gave my best efforts to all that has been asked of me.

“I’m really looking forward to starting my future career, with the hopes of one day becoming an officer.”

Shaun’s next port of call is HMS Collingwood. There, during a three month course, he will learn how to set-up and operate the systems that give the ship information about what is on the surface and in the air.

Shaun will also learn how to detect and report radar jamming and learn about data links and voice radio circuits to pass on vital information to the ship’s command team and others.

The Royal Navy’s Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field. Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.