Royal Navy Lynx aids capture of suspected pirates

Flight 217 of 815 Naval Air Squadron is currently deployed on board the French frigate FLF Surcouf as part of Operation Atalanta, the EU ’s counter-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa. The Lynx was sent ahead by the French warship to find the suspected pirates after the USS Halyburton, operating as part of NATO ’s Operation Ocean Shield , received a distress call from a merchant vessel reporting she was under attack from 6 men armed with rocket-propelled grenades. Boarding teams approach a suspected pirate vessel as Flight 217’s Lynx helicopter hovers above [Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2013] Although the MSC Jasmine, sailing 260 miles off the Somali coast, managed to repel the attack themselves, a German EU maritime patrol aircraft was scrambled to track the suspect vessel, which was by then towing another boat with several more men on board.

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Royal Navy Lynx aids capture of suspected pirates

Discovery Learning sent in the following case study to Civvy Street to help explain what they can offer today’s Service-leavers.

Name: Graham Pardew

Course Title: Master Personal Trainer Diploma (Special Populations).

Training Provider: Discovery Learning

Can you tell us a little about your Military background (what outfit,tours, highpoints etc)?

I have been in the Armed Forces for over 30 years and am due to retire in October 2012. My main highlights were receiving best graduate at the end of my Royal Signals two year apprenticeship, being successful on my Yeoman of Signals course, and most importantly being commissioned as an Officer. I have enjoyed the numerous challenges and rewards of serving on arduous operational tours in the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

When you entered resettlement did you have a fixed idea of what you wanted to do when you left the Military?

Yes, I was clear that I wanted to do something that I enjoyed rather than sticking with communications, as I had throughout my time in the Army. Having been an athlete and enjoyed team sports and physical fitness all of my life, my aim was to become qualified and get employed in this area when I left the Armed Services.

Where did you find information about the different ELC scheme and the courses you could complete?

The ELC scheme is well advertised within the Armed Forces and the Personal Trainer course was clearly detailed in the course listing.

What attracted you to the course you have just completed?

My daughter had already completed the Level 3 PT course and recommended Discovery Learning to me. The main attraction was the depth of detail available that I’d need to obtain the necessary knowledge that I was lacking (eg: anatomy and physiology). The high standard of instruction and value for money were excellent.

What did the course involve and did you enjoy it?

The course involved both theory and practical, commencing with Gym Instruction Level 2, then personal training, ending with a 1 week module of GP Exercise Referral Module. I really enjoyed the course, because I was able to learn so much in a very short timeframe. The content of the course was ‘spot on’, and the professionalism and standard of the instructors was very high indeed. The instructors were able to explain the course to a wide variety of students. I most certainly left at the end of the course feeling fully qualified, and

What was your favourite aspect of the course?

Although I really enjoyed the practical sessions, which I found more interesting (and enabled me to receive knowledge and skills from a variety of other students), my favourite aspect of the course was gaining knowledge of the ‘science’ behind exercise, fitness and
nutrition. This significantly improved my confidence of being able to deliver safe and effective physical exercise and answer any questions from clients at a satisfactory level.

How do you see this course benefiting you in your career development?

I aim to use my skills and qualifications in a local gym, to conduct personal training and establish a GP Exercise Referral Scheme in the vicinity of where I live.

Where do you see your career going in five years’ time?

I aim to establish my own fitness centre on my own or through a franchise. I plan to provide a facility for a wider range of clients, concentrating on specialist groups and those requiring exercise and fitness to improve their health.


Leading British car body repair brand ChipsAway, continues its global expansion, with the opening of its first middle-eastern franchise in Saudi Arabia.

ChipsAway, one of the world’s largest car repair networks, has announced its expansion into the Middle East with the opening of a master franchise in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The expansion marks the next step for the British business, which currently has 300 franchisees in the UK and also has a growing network of international master franchisors across the globe. Continue reading “Leading British car body repair brand ChipsAway, continues its global expansion, with the opening of its first middle-eastern franchise in Saudi Arabia.”