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Emma Arkless

about to go on watch


My name is Emma, I’m 24 and have been a Marine Engineer in the Royal Navy for almost 3 years. My naval birthday is 20/03/2006.


I am currently serving onboard HMS Endurance in the Antarctic Circle – which is by far the most amazing place I have been so far!


I have been on Endurance since September 2008, I left my previous ship – HMS Westminster (a type 23 frigate), at the end of her 2008 Orion deployment in July. So this year alone, I am pretty well travelled!


Since February I have been to; Malta, Seychelles (where I went diving for the first time), Dubai, Goa (where I went swimming – yes swimming – with Elephants), Chennai, Ascension Island (Brownie points if you can spot that bad boy on a map!), The Falklands and Antarctica (namely Deception Island, and McFarlane Strait – so far).


I come from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, however, I grew up in Portsmouth as my step father is also a Chief Marine Engineer in the Navy.


My interests, aside from the usual reading, gym sessions, socialising (a lot) etc… Include; Boxing, Ice Skating (not at the same time I hasten to add), F1 Racing and my leave periods are spent pursuing The New Burlesque (extra points for those who know what that is!).

Posts by Emma Arkless

21st November 2008

My First Blog by Emma, Marine Engineer, HMS Endurance

13 people rate this

only fuelling, Avcating, sullaging, routine maintanence to carry out on the main engines and stores to do. Oh, and keep my watches. But hey, what else can i do out here??!!! Keeps me busy and not thinking of home too much.