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The Fleet


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    Basic training

    You will spend 28 weeks at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon. The training is extremely challenging but rewarding. From the moment you arrive, you will be part of a team as you learn naval and leadership skills, take part in exercises and have your first sea-going experience.

    We strongly recommend that you start to build on your fitness levels before you arrive for training - you will feel more confident and enjoy the training much more.

    Fleet-time training

    Common Fleet Time is a four-month package of training at sea designed to give you a breadth of knowledge about the Royal Navy. You will work with each of the ship's departments, learning how they operate and studying for your Fleet Board examination.

    Professional training

    • At sea: you will begin your professional training with nine-weeks at sea, working in the Weapon Engineering Department with a qualified E(IS)
    • First posting: this could be at a large training establishment as an information systems instructor, or you could be selected to complete the Systems Engineering and Management Course at the Maritime Warfare School at HMS Collingwood

    If you choose to work with the Royal Marines, you will be given the opportunity to complete the demanding yet prestigious All-Arms Commando Course and proudly wear a green beret on completion. Alternatively, if you choose to work with the Submarine Service, you will first undertake basic submarine training, gaining your Dolphins - the badge that shows you are a qualified Submariner - on completion.

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