When not on ships

Hi Everyone,

Obviously i know you cant be on a ship all the time so wondered what you do and where you are based when not on a ship at sea?

Also how many tmes on average do you go out to sea on exercises etc and what sort of length of time do exercises at sea last.


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Best bet is to have a chat with the young boys & girls working at your nearest AFCO on the reception desk

They will give you a completely unbiased, up to date/current & honest picture of what it's like today.

good luck.
The_0ne said:
....what you do and where you are based when not on a ship at sea?
Depends on your branch and rank/ rate.

Lots of engineers and loggies are in Abbey Wood or Andover. There are opportunities at PJHQ in Northwood and exciting trouble spots worldwide as well as exchange opportunities with the RAF or Army.

The health warning is that for Juniors, the majority of time is either in a sea job or preparing for one.
As it's your intention to join up as an ME, when alongside you will still be required to carry out much the same tasks as when at sea, i.e. watchkeeping duties, maintenance routines and repair of equipment, oh yeah, never forget the cleaning. When not onboard a ship you will be employed in trade doing similar jobs or away on courses. If you're lucky they might even let you have some leave.
As an AB there is now very few jobs which have specific shore jobs. But there is a system called top mast which is supposed to give you some shore time. Thenas an ME you would probably be employed at SFM. Which is a shore side maintenance team. Where you go off to work on different ships when they are alongside. Doing jobs which are the ships company do not have time to do.
There is also the chance you could go and work with the marines for a tour. Which is becoming much more common. But that wont be until you are qualifed as an ET1
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