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Mine Warfare Specialist (submariner) Views?

Just would like some information from some experienced RN Submariners on the smaller mine sweeping submarines. What is the Job like? Worth a life in the RN doing?
Thanks alot
Jamie
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Submarines can sweep mines, but only once.

I'm guessing it's a bit cramped in one of these:

RCMDS_Vehicle.jpg
 
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I have looked into submarines in the navy but as an engineer, I decided to go warefare yet in the careers office the wait on submarines was 3 years, so they recommend warfare mine sweeper saying it is a small sub with about 30 men? They have 4 in afgan at the moment I believe?
 

soleil

War Hero
I have looked into submarines in the navy but as an engineer, I decided to go warefare yet in the careers office the wait on submarines was 3 years, so they recommend warfare mine sweeper saying it is a small sub with about 30 men? They have 4 in afgan at the moment I believe?

Jamie

There is no way that any submarine could be operational in Afghanistan - it's a landlocked country and a long way from the sea.

I think that you are confused, but never mind. Have a look at this:

Mine Countermeasure
 

jefs

Midshipman
Go onto the website, go to careers (top right) and then explore jobs for ships and submarines, the pdf's should tell you the difference between the jobs.
 
I have looked into submarines in the navy but as an engineer, I decided to go warefare yet in the careers office the wait on submarines was 3 years, so they recommend warfare mine sweeper saying it is a small sub with about 30 men? They have 4 in afgan at the moment I believe?

I suspect you are getting confused with the four RN minehunters permanently stationed in the Arabian Gulf. See:
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Are you sure you heard correctly. mine warfare is a sub-branch (one of the trades within the main branch) and minehunters carry ROV submersibles.

Submarines have been active in the Afghanistan campaign but that was launching Tomahawk missiles into the country from the coast of Pakistan, as Sol says, it's a landlocked country although an overland submarine attack would be the last thing the Taliban would expect.
 
Good point, I've also noticed my phone clicks when I pick it up and a strange white van with blacked out windows has appeared at the end of my road. Probably just coincidence though!!
Thanks alot for the advise just what I was told in the careers office about afgan.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
There's obviously a few wires crossed here.

Firstly Mine warfare ratings do not usually work on submarines, they work on mine-hunters & mine countermeasures vessels which are small ships, made of plastic (as improbable as that may sound) with a crew of around 30-40.

Secondly Mine Clearance Divers, a completely different beastie, are deployed in Afghanistan in a Explosive Ordnance Disposal role.

Best bet is to call your AFCO to clarify as it sounds like you may have got a little confused.
 

yamyamdabber

War Hero
I havent stopped laughing at this yet!! Even though piloting the little yellow submarine already posted is nails I must say.
 

builderbambi

Lantern Swinger
Christ I'm going into mw they withheld some information about this choice I fear, I knew times were hard but cramming 30 men into that sub going a bit far!
 
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