Submarine Service

Unseen and unhindered, the silent Submarine Service gives the Royal Navy strength beneath the waves. 

Role of the Submarine Service

In operating submarines for over a century, the Royal Navy has always been at the forefront of underwater warfare and has built an enduring reputation for professionalism and courage. Submarines combine qualities of stealth, endurance and flexibility, characteristics which give them unparalleled freedom to operate worldwide in support of national and coalition operations.

Using their potent armament of torpedos and precision land-attack missiles, the Submarine Service's attack boats have an unrivalled capability to seek out and destroy surface vessels, other submarines and land targets.

Our Vanguard Class submarines provide the UK's independent strategic nuclear deterrent. Since 1968, the Royal Navy has upheld a patrol mission of Continuous At Sea Deterrence. As the current Vanguard-class submarines reach the end of their lifecycle, they will be replaced by a fearsome new breed of nuclear submarine: the Dreadnought class.

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Being a part of the Submarine Service

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Chef (Submariner)

You can’t beat the buzz of working in a kitchen – especially when you’re 200 metres underwater! Living in such close quarters means we’re a tight-knit team, and a good meal is a sure-fire way to boost morale.

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What we do

Protecting our nation’s interests: guardian, diplomat and humanitarian force for good. Learn more about the Royal Navy’s priorities and what we do day-to-day.

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Join the Submarine Service

Make memories. Make a difference. Make friends for life – and get paid to do it. Are you ready for a career in the Royal Navy?

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