Thanks ninja- my son started last August and completes phase 2 in September he then going to to do 10 weeks sub training. He was not sure when he signs anything. He 18 in January which times well with him finishing his smq. Do you think it will be left to then or beforehand. I cannot believe how well it has all went for my lad he joined a little 16.5 year old who has grown up so much in the year he been away. The Navy have been brilliant in their contact with myself.
Zeb - it's brilliant I was upset when he left for HMS Raleigh / 10 weeks I think it is harder than anyone will ever know but nearly a year down the line my son talks about it and clearly loved it. The passing out parade is just amazing. I honestly think I have worried more about phase 2! He changed branches into submariner training and failed an exam and due to his age we had to speak to his divisional officer but it has all came right and he due for completion in September. The friends he has made are lovely and it is great when he gets home you will have a ball good luck
Thanks for your reply it sounds like he's loving it then. My son wanted to look round the submarine at Faslane the other week but they looked round a minesweeper instead. Do u mind me private messaging you sometime in the future with any questions I might have about kit etc?
Zeb - any time no problem. He is the worry for me in phase 2 heightened but he has huge support from his class. My car on the other sides mileage going threw the roof x2 trips to Plymouth and x3 trips this year to Portsmouth ! It's great to see then snd meet who they work with / that's my excuse! At least when he moves to faslane he will only be 2 hours away as opposed to 9! I would love to visit faslane do they allow u to see round? Xx
Where did you stop for the passing out parade hoping we get far! We've got 7 hours that's bad enough. Can't imagine we could look round Faslane, this was done as he had PRNC up in Caledonia. It's all very exciting for them.
We stayed in the China fleet resort. Once your son is in they send you a welcome pack and details of his passing out parade and discounted places. A year on though there is short term families accommodation in all the areas which you can book 4 weeks in advance. I have stayed in the Portsmouth ones twice this year. It's quarters I got a 3 bedroomed house for two nights and a two bedroomed flat last week for a holiday they are great. £35 for house and £28 for flat well worth it I have phone numbers for them as well .