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Solihull man sails through his training to qualify as a mine warfare specialist

Solihull Editorial 23rd Jun, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A SAILOR from Solihull has graduated as a Mine Warfare Specialist after his training at the Royal Navy’s HMS Collingwood.

Able Rate (Mine Warfare) Cory Lancaster decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, John Lett who served as a Diver in the Royal Navy, and signed up last October.

Since joining the Navy the 21-year-old has taken part in Operation Trafalgar, a humanitarian disaster relief exercise and was also selected to represent HMS Collingwood at the Field Gun Competition.

The former Tudor Grange School pupil said: “I’ve always wanted to join the Royal Navy and to do so is an honour.

“I look forward to the challenges ahead and the future about to unfold.”

During his 14-week course, Cory was trained in the specialist areas of mine warfare, including the various types of mines, how they operate and how they’re used in war including disposal.

As a Mine Warfare Specialist on board, Cory will be doing a vital job, responsible for the making the seas safer for the Royal Navy and civilian ships as the ships’ company.

Cory will now join the Mine Counter Measure Squadron in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth to put what he has learnt into practice.

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