Advice on AET

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  1. Hi people im interested in joining the navy as an AET but i have some questions and wondered if anyone could help?

    Once you have passed your pt1 and then your trade training etc can you ask to serve on carriers as that is what im interested in? If so how do you go about serving as an AET on a carrier?

    When not on a carrier on a tour or exercise where will you serve? Would it be at a navy base or an airbase with hangers etc?

    Cheers
     
  2. You'll be drafted to the ship as part of the AED (air engineering department) and will work in workshops repairing and serving things like ground equipment as well as removed aircraft components. You'll live on the ship full time for the duration of your draft, just like the rest of the ship's company. Hpoe this helps.
     
  3. Hi, been out a while and all the abreveations for what every one is going for is a bit of a mistory tour, excuse my pun.
     
  4. Hey im at Raleigh at the moment! When you get to phase 2A (Gosport / HMS Sultan) you can pick the type of aircraft you would like to work with. If you would like to work on an aircraft carrier most of the time you would be best picking the Harrier or the newer version of the harrier, which would be available to pick by the time you joined.

    You will however be assigned to an air squadron. So you are not guarenteed to be on an aircraft carrier all of the time.
     
  5. this is true for your P2b training, but then when you're due some sea time you can opt for Carrier AED from whichever circuit (aircraft type) you come from.
     
  6. What about when you are not drafted onto a carrier where are you likely to serve then?

    Cheers :thumright:
     
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    In a Naval Air Squadron in a Royal Navy Air Station most likely.
     
  8. When aircraft not on ship they are back at respective squadron hangers at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose(HMS Seahawk), Yeovilton(HMS Heron) or for the Harriers an RAF station. Each squadron has its own hanger which is also made up of offices for the maintainers and officers as well as separate crewrooms for each rank where there are tvs, cooking facilities,darts board and such like. Some squadrons have normally got some gym equipment or volleyball court outside.Obvioulsy these are busy places and generally when your on watch you do not leave your squadron thus why they have facilities to relax and eat. Your working hours varies as each squdron has different watch system nowadays too many to explain but basically you will work until your aircraft is serviceable.Most squadrons operate 24hrs a day or are may have to at short notice so flexibilty is required.

    There are many different drafts available and working AED on carriers is very small. Majority of AEs work on aircraft.Always remember the Navy decides at the end of the day where you will work you may get asked your opinion but they decide in the end.
     
  9. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Dear All

    It's 'hangar' not 'hanger'... dems what you puts your shirts on to keep 'em smart!

    Signed

    Pedant

    :wink: :lol:
     
  10. Sorry whats worse i just received an A* in English Language GCSE.
     
  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Oh well, good to see they haven't dropped the standards.

    A good post on AETs shoreside- nice one.
     

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