Based within HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy Submarine School provides training to officers and ratings specializing in Weapons Engineering and Warfare operations. Courses range from initial professional training to allow submariners to operate beneath the waves to later career courses which prepare personnel for promotion and to use new equipment.
Royal Navy Submarine School
Where possible training at the Submarine School is scenario based in purpose built simulators which replicate systems and compartments found on a submarine. Instruction also takes place in the classroom and on live pieces of equipment.
A strong sense of the Submarine ethos, of professionalism, camaraderie and shared experiences and values is evident within the school and is instilled in the students at all times.
Officer and ratings selected to join the 'Silent Service' transfer to the Submarine School as soon as they complete their initial training. This is with the exception of Marine Engineering and Logistic branch personnel, who proceed to HMS Sultan and the Defence Maritime Logistics School respectively, to learn their trade.
With professional training complete all students must undergo Submarine Qualification (SMQ) training to earn their 'dolphins, the much coveted emblem of the Submarine Service. This training takes place ashore and at sea and is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the submarine and its systems. It is an essential requirement for operating safely in a challenging underwater environment.
As they move through their careers submariners will return to the Submarine School at each stage to undergo courses to qualify them for promotion to the next rank or rate, or to learn how to operate and maintain new pieces of equipment.
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