Maritime Warfare School Training Activities

The Royal Navy Principal Warfare Officers (PWO) Course has set the world standard for Warfare Officer training and is at the hub of the Maritime Warfare School’s training effort. 

The Course marks a watershed in a Warfare Officer's career and successful completion is seen as a pre-requisite for Sea Command.

Principal Warfare Officer Training Element

The Royal Navy Principal Warfare Officers (PWO) Course has set the world standard for Warfare Officer training and is at the hub of the Maritime Warfare School’s training effort. The Course marks a watershed in a Warfare Officers career and successful completion is seen as a pre-requisite for Sea Command.

Initial Warfare Officer Training

Think you can navigate a warship from Portsmouth to Dubai? On time? Through waters patrolled by pirates? During a tropical storm? Your training as a Warfare Officer starts at the Navigation Training Unit.

Underwater Warfare Training Element (UWTE)

The UWTE delivers training to men and women of the Warfare Specialist team in Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW), to ensure the Royal Navy can succeed in delivering Maritime Force Protection, Maritime Security and Maritime Manoeuvre. This includes the protection of the Independent Nuclear Deterrent, Task Group and Single Ship Force Protection.

Command and Executive Training Element (CXTE)

You have got experience as a Warfare Officer, you have been a Navigating Officer and now it is time to step up and become the Commanding Officer of a warship – so how do you get there

Communications Warfare Training Element

The Communications Warfare Training Element is part of the Maritime Warfare School (MWS) and is responsible for the training of Royal Navy Communications Information Systems (CIS) personnel. 

Navigation Training Unit

So you thought navigating a warship from Portsmouth to Dubai through pirate infested storms was tough? Now it’s time to step up and become a Navigator. The Navigation Training Unit at HMS Collingwood is responsible for training future generations of navigators for the Fleet.

Weapon Engineering Principles Unit

The constantly changing face of engineering within the modern Royal Navy demands high quality foundation knowledge. Without a deep knowledge of core principles, the study and application of applied engineering is impossible. Furthermore, it is to foundation knowledge that an engineer turns when faced with novel and testing challenges.

Weapon Engineering Training Unit

The Weapon Engineering Training Unit (WETU) has responsibility for the design and delivery of RN Weapon and Sensor maintainer courses for equipment fitted to all classes of Capital Ships (frigate size and above). 

System Engineering and Management Training Unit

The System Engineering and Management Training Unit (SEMTU) delivers courses across all aspects of Weapon Engineering (WE), Principles, Engineering Management and Administration.

Explosives and WE Trade Safety Training Unit

The Explosives and Health & Safety Training Unit is sub-divided into three discrete Training Elements; Health & Safety; Explosives Element; Small Arms and Close Range Training Elements. 

Above Water Warfare Training Unit

The Above Water Warfare Training Unit (AW TU) is responsible for training officers and Warfare ratings in the use of radar and other advanced equipment including ships weapon systems to identify threats and targets in the sea and air.

Warfare Rating Training Unit

The Warfare Rating Training Unit (WRTU) is responsible for training Warfare Ratings, individually, in the use of sensors, weapon systems and command systems to detect, locate and engage threats and targets in the sea and air. The WRTU is a collective of AWT, AWW and UW Training Elements.

The AW TU consists of 2 main Training Elements:

Above Water Tactical Training Element (AWT TE)

The role of the Above Water Tactical Training Element is to take new Phase 2 trainees and Phase 3 trainees and prepare them for employment within the Operations Room on their first ships and for progression through ranks. 

AWT TE is divided primarily into a Command Systems Sections responsible for teaching the Warfare Specialists in operating the highly sophisticated systems fitted to the various platforms of today’s fleet.

The Action Data Automated Weapon System (ADAWS) fitted to Type 42 destroyers CVS and LPD. 

Surface Ship Command System (SSCS) fitted to Type 23 Duke class frigate and Combat Management System fitted to the Type 45 Daring class Destroyers. 

This is a vital role using some of the world’s most advanced electronic systems to contribute to the Action Information Organisation (AIO) which is key to making crucial tactical decisions affecting what is happening on the sea and in the air.

Above Water Weapons Training Element (AWW TE)

The AWW TE is responsible for the training of officers and ratings in the operation of weapon systems and tactical deployment in there use. 

Responsible for training in both Guided missile systems and Close Range Weapon Systems from Automated Small caliber Gun (30mm ASCG) upwards in caliber to the very latest Sea Viper Guided weapon system fitted to the Type 45 Destroyer.   

Training takes place at the Maritime Warfare School at HMS Collingwood in Fareham where Personnel are trained in all elements of above-water warfare.

Maritime Warfare School

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