Mine Warfare Specialist

High priority role
Service:Surface Fleet
Hands on

At a glance

What you’ll do

We need to make the seas safe. For our warships, for civilian ships, for everyone. And that’s where you come in. You’ll be at the heart of these missions whether they’re in a Mediterranean port, or on operations in the Persian Gulf. As a Mine Warfare Specialist you’ll lead the way for our fleet, clearing any mines in its path. You’ll make sure our missions are possible whatever they’re for, from delivering essential humanitarian aid, to embarking on conflict operations.

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Your role

  • Find mines using sonar, and then launch remote controlled mine disposal vehicles.
  • Gain a wide range of skills, from basic seamanship to manning light weaponry.
  • Be responsible for the safety of your ship and everyone on board.
  • Stay quick thinking and focused at all times. 
  • Due to current facilities, female applicants considering this role should note that they will initially be assigned to ships which are based in Faslane, Scotland. As we transition to a new way of hunting mines opportunities will open to serve in other regions.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Specialist vocational qualifications, with a significant financial contribution from us

Skills you'll develop

  • How to use some of the most advanced technology on the planet 
  • Techniques in safeguarding the seas for Navy and civilian benefit 

Career progression

What you'll need


  • You must be aged 16 - 39
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • Quick thinking and able to stay calm in high-pressure situations
  • A dedicated team player 
  • Passion for working with the latest technology
  • A sense of adventure
  • A common sense approach to problems 
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NSRT)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape.

There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.

Professional training

After your initial training you’ll complete three months at the Maritime Warfare School, which will cover:

  • Learning various types of mines and how they operate
  • Understanding how different mines are used in war
  • Training in mine disposal techniques
  • Becoming skilled in mine detection, including using mine-hunting sonar
  • Learning to launch and operate a remote-controlled unmanned vehicle