Be on the front line, in times of peace, and in times of conflict

What is the Warfare branch?

  • The Warfare branch is about expert seamanship, above and below the waves. We have specialists who analyse, plan and execute essential global operations
  • Every mission is carried out with meticulous precision. That means using our expertise in everything from meteorology to mine clearance and tactical seamanship
  • You’ll use cutting-edge communications, weapons and defensive systems, whether you’re on combat operations or providing humanitarian aid
  • Your team’s set of specialist skills ensures we’re ready for anything. You might be identifying a potential threat, or using tactical knowhow to manoeuvre the ship
  • Whether you’re looking for a leadership role, or just want to be part of a professional ship’s crew, you’ll focus and get the job done, even in the most challenging conditions

What's it like?

It’s our job to protect our nation’s interests. In the Warfare branch, you’re right on the frontline, doing just that. From the Persian Gulf, to the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll be in the thick of the action, using sophisticated equipment on some crucial operations. Whether you’re the Mine Clearance Diver who guarantees the safety of everyone on board, or the Warfare Officer who leads a team of professional sailors, life in the Warfare branch is all about being hands-on and calm under pressure, providing our vital defence capabilities.

Royal Navy personnel at work on board ship.

A day in the life: Warfare

Barry, 23

Warfare Specialist

I’m right in the thick of it in the Warfare branch. It’s hands-on and can be full on, but that’s part of the buzz – it’s why I love it. It beats sitting behind a desk by a mile.

Where can I work?

Royal Navy ship at sea.

Aircraft carriers, assault ships, destroyers or frigates: this is our backbone. It gives us our global impact, from combat missions to humanitarian aid.

Royal Navy submarine at sea.

The world-renowned silent service, protecting us from beneath the waves. It’s responsible for highly classified, stealth operations – and Trident.

Royal Navy ship at sea.

From fuel to food: what we need, when we need it, wherever we are. This fleet of civilian ships provides global support to the whole Naval Service.

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Communications Technician

You’ll be vital to the ship’s intelligence operation, transforming raw data into indispensable analysis.

What you'll need:
  • An affinity for electronics and computers
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000 
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Hydrography and Meteorology Officer

From the Caribbean to the Antarctic, you’ll lead the way in collecting, processing and analysing vital information.

What you'll need:
  • An appropriate science degree
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training 
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Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

You’ll use advanced equipment to provide information about local tides, currents, sea depth and even the seabed.

What you'll need:
  • The ability to work in a methodical and accurate way
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Mine Clearance Diver

You’ll identify mines or other explosives and dispose of them, whether they’re in shallow water or out at sea.

What you'll need:
  • An aptitude for practical work
What you'll get:
  • Additional pay of up to £32.72 per day
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Mine Warfare Specialist

You’ll find mines using mine-hunting sonar, and deal with them using a remote-controlled disposal vehicle.

What you'll need:
  • Excellent powers of concentration
What you'll get:
  • Real responsibility from day one
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Seaman Specialist

You’ll gain the specialist skills needed to steer the ship, act as lookout and communicate with other ships.

What you'll need:
  • Physical and mental stamina
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Warfare Officer

You’ll contribute to the success of every mission, and make key strategic decisions on some of the most advanced warships in the world.

What you'll need:

  • To be highly organised, with good leadership skills

What you'll get:

  • A salary that rises to £32,000 after two years

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Warfare Officer (Submariner)

In charge of sonar, tactical systems or communications, you’ll lead a team that acts as the eyes, ears and defence capabilities of its vessel.

What you'll need:

  • Good decision-making and leadership skills 

What you'll get:

  • Professional training 

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Warfare Specialist

You’ll detect threats to your ship, identify targets and make crucial tactical decisions.

What you'll need:
  • Confidence when making key decisions
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Warfare Specialist Sensors (Submariner)

You’ll use the most sophisticated sensors to create a picture of what’s happening on the surface.

What you'll need:
  • The ability to work in a methodical and accurate way
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Warfare Specialist Tactical (Submariner)

You’ll decide on the level of threat posed by detected vessels to make key decisions.

What you'll need:
  • An affinity for cutting-edge technology
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded vocational and academic qualifications
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