Discussion in 'The Corps' started by Mitch, Mar 19, 2007.

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  1. I'm under the understanding that in the AIB or even the interview I may be asked to name ships of the Royal Navy. Is there an easy way of being able to learn ship recognition or is it just a case of searching each ship and finding pictures?

  2. Who can forget the Victory?
  3. Talk to the careers office and get a book from them about ships, aircraft etc. It is quite easy as ships are divided into just a few classes:
    Destroyers: Type 42 and 45.
    Frigates: Types 22 and 23.
    Aircraft Carriers: CVS (and hopefully CVF)
    Amphibious: LPD and LPH
    Submarines: Vanguard class (bomber) or Trafalgar (Hunter/Killer)
    Minehunters: Hunt and Sandown Class.

    Those are the main ones (but read a bit about survey ships etc).

    If you can tell the difference between a Ford Mondeo and a Vauxhall Safira then telling ships apart is easy. Remember Frigates have a big "F" on the side, and destroyers have a big "D"!!! Don't try to remember ships numbers though, except possibly the aircraft carrier ones as they are easy.
  4. Great thanks. Will I not need to know specific ships then?
  5. You'll probably be safe just knowing the types, but having more in-depth knowledge might just set you out from the other candidates.

    I'd focus slightly more attention on the Royal Marines Corps, its layout, Units locations and their commitments (both current and forthcoming), key personnel such as CGRM, Comd 3 Cdo Bde RM, and other high ranking bootneck officers in key positions, Corps History, career structure and specialist trades which are open to Officers.

    If you can display a thorough understanding of the Corps you will impress more than by displaying over detailed knowledge of the Royal Navy.
  6. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    It might be an idea to know the floaty things Jack so kindly kindly carries Royal about in, I think the current amphibious ships are HMS Ocean, Bulwark and Albion.
  7. I'm glad they didn't ask me to name all the ships when I took the recruiting test. I'd still be writing them now 55 years later.
    We had THOUSANDS of 'em!!

  8. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Zulus..where..? :shock:
  9. you let them out just after you blew the bloody doors off.....
  10. Strangely enough we did have a tribal class of frigate. And Zulu was one of them.
  11. And before them Tribal class destroyers. Zulu was sunk in 1942, but the Canucks were still running several of them into the 1960s.

  12. Slightly off thread here, but, do ships still have detachments nowadays?? :cool:
  13. A way to learn all the ships is to buy this book or see if you have it in your local libary here you go:

    i know im bit to late for the response
  14. I went on detachment with three sea harriers to California off HMS Invincible once. Had a cracking weekend in Las Vegas on full subs. Top detachment :D
  15. thanks chicogiz i actually do have this in my school library.

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