Warfare Officer is one type of officer in the British Royal Navy.
are also Engineer
and Logistics Officers supported by additional branches
such as Medical or Dental Officers, or the Chaplaincy
initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College where Warfare Officers spend a year, they undertake
a period at sea known as Common Fleet Time, where they
train in an operational warship using a syllabus common to all
They then sit the commissioning
exam, the Fleet Board
. Success at Fleet
Board allows the young officer to move on to a short professional
course moving on to undertake Specialist Fleet Time
months) concentrating on bridge watchkeeping and shiphandling.
After this a further professional course is completed and they
begin their first complement job aboard a ship as an Officer of
Warfare Officers, trained at Maritime Warfare School HMS
Collingwood, are responsible for navigation and bridge watchkeeping, where they
will ensure the navigational safety of all ship operations on
behalf of the Captain.
As they become more senior additional duties are added with a level
of specialisation. With some years experience as a JWO they can
move onto more advanced training as a Principal Warfare Officer,
trained to take control of the Operations Room as a specialist in
Above Water or Underwater, or Communications and Electronic
Warfare. The PWO will fight the ship on behalf of the Captain,
deciding what targets to engage and in what order; directing the
in their operation of
weapons and sensors. With experience as a PWO further development
increases the individuals specialisation and experience.
Junior Warfare Officers may specialise as Mine Clearance Diving
Officers, Fighter Controllers, Frigate Navigators or Meteorology
and Oceanography Officers, which attract a notification against the
individuals' name in the Navy List
specialist skills, such as instruction or business management, may
be developed but do not carry this notification, being recorded for
employment purposes only.
Navy does not have a dedicated Intelligence branch; Officers of any
specialisation may undertake the requisite training at Defence
Intelligence and Security Centre prior to undertaking employment in the
Warfare Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve
may specialise in
Prospects within the Navy are good for Warfare Officers. Many who
stay in the Navy for longer than about five years as a Lieutenant
will go on PWO training with a good chance of selection to Lieutenant-Commander
. Promotion beyond
this is extremely competitive.
It should be noted that all ship Commanding Officers in the Royal
Navy are Warfare Officers due to the requirement to comply with
international regulations for seagoing experience which precludes
other branches from competing in this area.
Being a Warfare Officer involves long hours at sea (usually one
four-hour watch on the bridge in any twelve-hour period, in
addition to an 8-5 working day), and long periods away from home (6
to 8 months away is typical). Most Warfare Officers however speak
highly of their job, common benefits including the challenge,
regular opportunities for travel, an attractive remuneration
package and the camaraderie of service life.