A HAMPSHIRE sailor has graduated from his next stage of training.

Engineering technician Alec White, of Locks Heath, graduated as a weapons engineer from HMS Collingwood, in Fareham.

He has now completed his phase two training with Victory Squadron and will now be stationed with the Geographical Squad Pool in Portsmouth for the next part of his training.

The 19-year-old joined the Royal Navy in May last year.

HMS Collingwood is the home of the Maritime Warfare School and trains Royal Navy officers and ratings in weapon engineering, communications, and warfare.

Alec learnt about the Royal Navy’s weapon systems, safety procedures, electrical and electronic repair techniques and the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics.

He said: “It’s been eye opening, I’ve acquired the skills to enable me to join my first ship.”