Time aboard ship

#1
I'm looking into applying for Officer Training, I was just wondering on average how much of the year you are at sea... all I can find on the RN careers site is you are away for weeks to months?

Thanks,
Alan
 
#2
That's about the size of it Alan. It's a bit like tossing a coin, but at least you don't have the additional attraction of years, as used to be the case!

2BM
 
#3
Exactly.

It was pointed out recently that an average is impossible to give, there are so many things (specilisation/career development/chance) which can influence an individual's sea time.
 
#4
It really does depend on many different criteria and even that will not give you the definative answer; Ships programme, your branch, courses and of course any conflicts within the world which may spring up.

Warfare officers tend to spend a fair bit of time 'at sea' as it goes as they tend to move around the ships more frequently. I am sure 'Guns' who is on here could give you more exact sea/shore ratios.

I would say that if you join a 'seagoing' ship (ie, one not in refit) then you are more than likely to spend at least 6 or 7 months at sea, but not all in one hit every year and its usually in 1 or 2 month stints at any one time.