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HMS Belfast was designed for a crew of 761 but in WW2 there was usually a crew of around 950 onboard. Find out more? Click here.
As an Island nation, our prosperity and security is totally dependent on our ability to access the sea. The UK is reliant on a stable global market for the raw materials, energy and manufactured goods which underpin our way of life and, in a globalised world, we must have the ability to respond to any event that threatens our economy or national interests.more »
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If you were Captain of a Royal Navy destroyer under attack, would you handle the pressure?
Even when an emergency gives them seconds to think, crews are trained and experienced enough to do the right thing.
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While the world sleeps, giant container ships longer than football pitches plough the oceans to bring us food, clothes and gadgets.
The world would be a very different place without seafarers and the ships they crew.
Oil tankers, container carriers, fishing trawlers and cargo ships bring us food, clothes, computers and raw materials.
Find out all about these vessels that seafarers call home as they work the icy North Sea or sail the lonely waters of the Indian Ocean.sign up »
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I joined the Royal Navy in 2002 as a warfare officer and having read Law at university. My first year of life in the Royal Navy was spent undergoing basic training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, though this time can vary depending on your chosen specialisation; for example you can join as an engineer, a logistician or perhaps a pilot or observer.read more »
I’ve been in the Royal Navy since 1991. I joined as a Chef and served on a number of ships.read more »
I am a Catering Services Logistician (Chef) and I am enjoying some shore time working in the Base Logistics Support Department in Portsmouth Dockyard, having served on HMS Southampton (a type 42 ‘air defence’ Destroyer) for four years and eagerly awaiting my professional qualifying course to be promoted to a Leading Hand. I have been trained to the highest standard to cook nutritious food for 240 of my colleagues as well as leaning how to prepare 'posh nosh' for one of the Captain’s official functions.
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