Wednesday, 24th April 2019


Royal Navy Officers represent the senior positions and authority within the British Navy. They can work on board ships and submarines, as well as playing a key role back in Britain with tactics, deployment and analysis of situations in which the force of the Royal Navy may be required.

As well as being in charge of either vessels or specific areas of vessels, officers play the key role in ensuring the welfare, management and discipline of those serving underneath them. Officers must be good at giving orders and able to manage potential disputes using both discipline and a pro-teamwork style approach.

The role of a Royal Navy Officer can be extremely varied depending on the specialism and the experience of the individual. There are five key areas on board vessels where officers will be in charge of those subordinate to them:

  • Warfare Officer – deployment of weapons and defence (the most popular and common form of officer in the Royal Navy)
  • Air Engineer Officer – in charge of planes (if on an air craft carrier) or more generally in charge of air defences on the vessel
  • Weapons Engineer – specific understanding and use of weapons available and how to use them most effectively
  • Logistics Officer – ensuring the smooth running of the vessel at all times
  • Medical Officer in charge of health on board of the vessel