Mine Warfare Specialist (submariner) Views?

#1
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
 
#5
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?
 
#8
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
#9
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.
 
#10
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:
 
#11
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.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#16
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.
 
#19
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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