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Careers Royal Navy

Surface Fleet

The Surface Fleet is one of the world’s most impressive naval powers, made up of aircraft carriers, destroyers and frigates.


As part of the Royal Navy Surface Fleet you’ll be key to our operational effectiveness around the globe – in times of conflict or humanitarian emergency.  


Depending on the job you choose, you could be serving on board an assault ship, launching amphibious campaigns involving the Royal Marines Commandos. You could be securing coastal areas from mines on a mine counter-measures ship. Protecting fishing grounds or even surveying the seas on board our hydrographic ships.


A life without limits starts here. 

Case study

Mine Warfare Specialist

Christopher is a Mine Warfare Specialist in the Combat Operations branch of the Royal Navy. He joined the Royal Navy because he wanted to see the world – and he relished a challenge. 

His advice to those thinking of joining? "Do your research and work out which job is going to be best for you."


"I wanted to travel and do something where every day was different. Not just sit in an office."

Ratings Training

Find out what training you need to undertake to become a rating in the Naval Services.

Roles by branch


From sensitive electronics and information systems to massive gas turbine engines and nuclear weapons. As part of the Engineering branch you’ll be responsible for some of the world’s most cutting edge technology – and keeping it ready for action in extreme, often hostile environments. Where else can your technical skills turn critical situations around?



Protecting our nation’s interests at home and worldwide is a huge operation. The Logistics branch makes sure that our ships, submarines and our 35,000 people have everything they need to be operational for weeks – even months at a time. From food, to equipment, administrative support and even personnel. You’ll have to be switched on to do this job – because up to 1,000 crew members will be depending on you.


Whether on shore or on board our ships and submarines, during conflict or peacetime, you’ll need to keep the people around you fit, healthy and effective. Serving in the Medical branch of the Royal Navy gives you the unique opportunity to travel and practise hands-on medicine in sometimes extraordinary circumstances.


The Warfare branch is our ‘fighting team’, or combat operations arm, that includes our ships, submarines and aircraft. But this branch also does much vital work in peacetime too, helping humanitarian and aid missions and patrolling waters. You’ll need to be cool under pressure and a confident seaman and navigator. And if you show the potential, you can move up the ranks to command your own ship or submarine.

Related roles

Mine Warfare Specialist

As a Mine Warfare Specialist, you’ll be doing vital work making the seas safer for both Royal Navy and civilian ships.

Communications Information Systems

As a Communications and Information Systems (CIS) Specialist, you’ll use highly sensitive radio and satellite systems.

Warfare Officer

As a decisive leader, skilled seaman and navigator, you'll be able to handle your ship safely in all conditions.


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