Needs to work well as part of a team. Serving on board a Submarine takes a special type of person, who needs to be able to live and work in a confined space, where conditions can quickly change from relatively calm to extremely active circumstances. After the ten weeks Basic Training at HMS Raleigh, the student will go on to Professional Training, for anywhere between 3 and 6 months, this time at the Submarine School also based at HMS Raleigh.
20th October 2015
21st September 2014
Communications & Information Specialist
Posted to HMS Vanguard
14th October 2013
Posted HMS Turbulent, HMS Talent
As well as learning the specialist skills based around the students career, be it Submarine Sonar, Tactical Systems, Communications Information Systems, Weapons Engineering, Marine Engineering, or the varied specialisations of the Logistics Branch; the student will be sent to complete 10 weeks of Submarine Theory training called Submarine Qualification(Dry) or SMQ(Dry). Depending of which class of Submarine he is being streamed to will depend on where he completes this training, either at Faslane for Vanguard and Astute Class or at Devonport for Trafalgar Class submarines.
The student will also have completed SETT training during this period. Throughout SMQ(Dry) he will be examined on the various systems that are required to make a submarine operate. On successful completion of this theory training, he will be sent to sea on his particular class of submarine where he will consolidate his training culminating in Fwd, Aft, (and Strategic Weapon System) walk-rounds and an oral board based on Submarine Routines and Systems; the end result will be the award of the coveted badge of a qualified Submariner 'The Dolphins', this forms part of their professional training known as SMQ(Wet).
HMS Raleigh embraced the idea for the Submariners Association to sponsor a trophy which includes a lecture during professional training. The Trophy and lecture is presented by the Association, the instructors or a combination of the two, and includes showing the SA DVD.
A 14inch Submariner Statuette (known as Leading Seaman - Read) made by Ballantynes of Walkerburn in the Borders of Scotland is awarded to the best course pupil. It is mounted on an engraved mahogany base with a set of Dolphins. The trophy will be known as 'The Submariners Association Trophy'
At the Royal Navy Submarine School within HMS Raleigh, there is an Honours Board with the recipients' name appended. The Trophy will be on display next to the Honours Board. The winner also receives a Certificate, produced and printed by HMS Raleigh.
There are on average 4 courses per year. The Chief Instructors decide on the best student, based not purely on academic results but on those qualities required of a potential Submariner; those qualities being Courage, Loyalty, Discipline, Integrity, Respect for others, and Selfless Commitment. This trophy is kept at the School and not taken away by the pupil. The award winner is presented with a certificate and individual gift including the SA DVD, this trophy is awarded bi-annually.
Grant Fox Esq. Plymouth Branch of the Submariners Association will assist in giving the lectures during their Course. The SA DVD along with a Power Point presentation provided by Les Catlin of the Gosport Branch will also be shown. The basis of the lecture is on the benefits of maintaining the ethos of 'the Trade' by joining the Association when the pupil has completed their SMQ(Wet) and awarded their Dolphins.
As National Chairman one of my more pleasant duties is to visit the Submarine School in HMS Raleigh each year and present the Trophy to the student chosen by the instructors. This presentation takes place on the morning of their Remembrance Day Parade so I also lay a wreath on behalf of the Association. I am assisted in this work by Les Catlin from the Gosport Branch who gives a Power Point presentation to trainees giving them a very valuable insight into the history of the Submarine Service and the Association. Also present are members from the Plymouth Branch and their Standard. Billy Dobson and Grant Fox do a great job of organizing their presence.
The Association Trophy this year went to ET (WESM) CHRISTOPHER JAMES BENNETT. His citation reads as follows:
“ET BENNETT attended the RNSMS between the 25th May 2015 and 31st July 2015 where he completed UW 441 AJN ET (WESM) course.
He strived to learn new skills and continued with high standards in attitude and commitment to both classroom and self- study, this became evident in both practical and theory examinations.
ET BENNETT adopted the submarine ethos at an early stage assisting class members and always asking the inquisitive questions, ‘HOW’, ‘WHY’, ‘WHAT’ and ‘IF’.
ET BENNETT proved he had all the attributes to be recommended for the ET (WESM) Fast Track scheme and become a valuable member of any WE department and subsequently the Submarine Service.”