Go online and play at being a Royal Navy engineer

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THE Royal Navy has launched an online game for budding engineering officers to test out their skills.

The Engineer Officer Challenge application can be played on an iPhone, iPod Touch or downloaded on the internet and simulates the type of skills learnt at HMS Sultan in Gosport.

Players complete missions above and below the waves on board a Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer and in one of its flagship Astute nuclear submarines. The application offers five interactive missions, including training exercises and tasks that requires the player to think quickly and make crucial decisions to fix the ship’s engine, prepare for a simulated missile attack, re-wire the radar system, pump out a flooded compartment or manually control a nuclear submarine’s propulsion system. The app is designed to recruit university leavers to work as Weapon, Marine and Air Engineer Officers in the Royal Navy.

In addition to being a challenging game, it also explains the benefits of becoming an officer and lets players contact the Royal Navy directly for more in-depth career information or to request a call-back. Captain Mike Davis-Marks, Captain Naval Recruiting, said: ‘Launching the new giant Engineer Officer Challenge application is very exciting for both serving officers and prospective recruits as it is an interactive challenge, which is a cut above other recruiting methods. The application also contains a link back to the Royal Navy careers website, providing a clear call to action for those interested in joining.’

Download the app from iTunes apps store at http://bit.ly/b1GQdV or play it at http://apps.facebook.com/royalnavy/