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Discussion in 'Submariners' started by Sonic_boom, Dec 28, 2008.

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  1. Hi,
    Im looking at join the submarine service and wanted to know more about the role of a Warfare Specialist Tactical as the careers website seems to be vague, I would like to know about its differences with the Warfare Specialist Senser and in particular which trade operates the weapons systems on a sub?

    Cheers :)
  2. Hello Sonic.
    TSM (tactical branch) are the guys responsible for compiling all the AIO (Action Information Organisation). In simple terms, they are the guys who compile the tactical picture to command inorder to know wehre the good guys and the bad guys are!
    They are also responsible for the Electronic Warfare suite on board, which consists of directional finding and RADAR.
    SSM (Sonar) are the "eyes and ears" of the submarine whilst dived, basically they are the guys who listen out to the outside environment and then feed this information the the Tactical ratings.
    As for firing the torpedoes/TLAM this is done from the TSM equipment, although the people who load and maintain the weapons are ET(WESM) ratings.
    Hope this helps mate.
  3. yeah, spot on :p
    cheers mate, just what I wanted.
    Thanks :)
  4. Actually thats wrong, TSM ratings havent ever fired TLAM and havent guided Spearfish since the introduction of the ET(WESM) Branch 3 years ago as Spearfish is guided by LET(WESM)'s and Fire Control Maintainers. Back in the day killick TS's would have guided Spearfish but since the introduction of the Formal Spearfish Guider Course they havent.
  5. Strictly speaking, I suppose you are correct, but Shaddythers did say 'As for firing the torpedoes/TLAM this is done from the TSM equipment...' and I have yet to see an L/ET(WESM) at fire control.
  6. Fair one. I should probably have said it like that!
    Thats what I meant.
  7. You did say it like that, all I did was 'bold' the bit that NW12 didn't bother reading.

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