Keighley brother No2 keeps the navy flag flying

Keighley News: Laurence Lockwood Laurence Lockwood

A Keighley man inspired to join the armed forces by his brother is on the crest of a wave after sailing through his Royal Navy training.

Laurence Lockwood has completed an intensive ten-week course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

The 25-year-old trainee warfare specialist undertook a series of physical and mental challenges.

He took part in teamwork exercises and marching and fitness sessions and learned how to handle an assault rifle, tackle floods and fires on board and seamanship techniques.

The course culminated with a passing-out parade.

Mr Lockwood’s older brother, Lewis, serves with 45 Commando Royal Marines.

Laurence, a former pupil of Oakbank School in Keighley, said: “I joined the Royal Navy to live a life without limits, for the job security and to have the opportunity for promotion and to travel.

“Training is exactly what you make of it – a lot of hard times but just as many good and definitely worth it in the end.

“You have to keep your head down but your chin up.”

He will now undertake a three-month course at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire, during which he will learn about operating systems such as radar.

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