Royal Navy recruit course in Cornwall lengthened

HMS Raleigh
Image caption About 1,500 recruits are expected to go through the course at HMS Raleigh over a next year

A Royal Navy course for new recruits at a base in Cornwall has been extended from nine weeks to 10.

The course, at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, teaches the basics of navy discipline and customs, maritime navigation and teamwork.

It had been changed to help prepare the sailors better for an "ever-changing operational climate", the navy said.

About 1,420 recruits were expected to go through the course from April 2011 until March 2012, it added.

Their skills would be tested in exercises on board former minesweeper HMS Brecon, moored in the River Lynher. Other exercises would carried out on Dartmoor in Devon, the navy said.

Counter-explosive and combat skills were also being taught as the navy was now playing a vital role in Afghanistan, it added.

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