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Workington sailor sails through Warfare Specialist training

AB WS Kenyon receives his certificate from Captain Andy Jordan Royal Navy. Photo courtesy of Keith Woodland.
AB WS Kenyon receives his certificate from Captain Andy Jordan Royal Navy.
Photo courtesy of Keith Woodland.

[A]ble Rate (Warfare Specialist) James Kenyon, 17 from Workington recently graduated as a Warfare Specialist from HMS Collingwood, Fareham, as he completed his Phase 2 training with Victory Squadron, receiving his certificate from guest of honour Captain Andy Jordan Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood.

James joined the Royal Navy (RN) in February to represent his country and travel the world. Originally from Workington, where his parents live, the former St Joseph’s Catholic High School pupil commented on his experiences within the Navy so far “Since joining the RN, I have had the time of my life and made lifelong friendships along the way.”

Whilst on course, James has been proud to represent the RN by being a part of Ceremonial Divisions and he has also enjoyed highlights such as partaking in Workington’s Armed Forces Day parade. James’ service career choice sees him following in the footsteps of his Great Grandfather, who served as a Submariner in WW2.

At HMS Collingwood James has undertaken the Warfare Specialist Training Course to learn how to set up and operate the Royal Navy’s systems that provide information to ships on air and surface activities. As a Warfare Specialist on board, he will be part of the team detecting threats to the ship, identifying targets and making crucial tactical decisions. This is a vital job, involving some of the world’s most advanced electronic systems. After successfully completing the course, James is now looking forward to progressing with his career and joining his first ship.

HMS Collingwood is the home of the Maritime Warfare School which contributes to the operational capability of the Fleet by providing first class training to all officers and ratings of the Royal Navy in their professional specialisations which include, Weapon Engineering, Communications, and Warfare.  The training they receive is relevant, agile and flexible in order to keep pace with the challenging operational needs.

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

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