As part of the Royal Navy selection process, both for Royal Navy Ratings and Officers, you will be asked a series of interview questions that assess what you know about Royal Navy ships, weaponry and aircraft.
In the Royal Navy, there are 89 ships in total in service. These range from Type 45 and Type 26 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and also Albion Class Landing Platform Dock ships. Every single one of the Royal Navy’s ships is loaded with weaponry and armoury and comes complete with the latest radar equipment available.
Regardless of the job you are applying for within the Royal Navy, it is important you have a thorough understanding of the different ships, their range, the displacement, the weapons they carry, and also their role or purpose.
In this blog, former serving member of the Royal Navy and now recruitment expert, Richard McMunn, provides you with a simple to follow RN Ships Recruitment Study Guide to help you prepare for, and pass, your interview.
Below, Richard has provided you with a list of interview questions and answers based on Royal Navy ships that he recommends you prepare for. See how you get on by answering each of the interview questions that are presented.
NOTE: Click on the below questions to reveal the answers.
Royal Navy Interview Questions & Answers Based on Type 45 Destroyers
Type 45 Destroyer Questions (click to reveal answers)
ANSWER: Daring Class.
ANSWER: HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless, HMS Diamond, HMS Dragon, HMS Defender and HMS Duncan.
ANSWER: Sea Viper.
ANSWER: 70 miles.
ANSWER: 7,350 tonnes
ANSWER: Length = 152 metres / Max. Speed = 30 knots.
Royal Navy Interview Questions & Answers Based on Albion Class (Landing Platform Dock)
Albion Class Questions (click to reveal answers)
ANSWER: HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion.
ANSWER: The Albion Class is an agile assault vessel that has the primary purpose of landing Royal Marines on shore, including all of their equipment and weaponry, by either land or sea.
ANSWER: There is a landing dock situated at the bottom (the belly) of the ship which allows Royal Marines to go ashore by sea, using purpose-built boats. There is also a two-spot flight deck to enable the Royal Marines to utilise aircraft to also reach land. This multi-faceted approach gives the Royal Marines the option to reach land by air or sea in the fastest time possible.
ANSWER: 256 Royal Marines troops. If vehicles and supplies for combat are included, this can be increased to 405 Royal Marines.
ANSWER: 67 vehicles (on deck).
ANSWER: 176 metres.
ANSWER: 8,000 nautical miles maximum distance and 18 knots maximum speed.
Royal Navy Interview Questions & Answers Based on Type 23 Frigates
Type 23 Frigates Questions (click to reveal answers)
ANSWER: Duke Class.
ANSWER: Seawolf Missile.
ANSWER: There are three types of small calibre guns carried on Type 23 Frigates. These are 9mm guns, the SA80 and also the GPMG, General Purpose Machine Gun.
ANSWER: 185 crew.
ANSWER: 28 knots.
ANSWER: Type 26 City Class Frigate.
Royal Navy Interview Questions & Answers Based on Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier
Q.E. Class Aircraft Carrier Questions (click to reveal answers)
ANSWER: HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.
ANSWER: 65,000 tonnes.
ANSWER: This is basically the tonnage of the weight of a ship based on how much water is displaced from the hull at different loads.
ANSWER: 280 metres.
ANSWER: There are 1,600 bunks onboard both the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.
ANSWER: 10,000 nautical miles.
ANSWER: F35 Lightning II.
ANSWER: Phalanx close-in weapon.
ANSWER: 1 mile.
ANSWER: 3,000 rounds a minute.
ANSWER: The Merlin Mk2 Helicopter.