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Simon Daly

Name: Simon Daly

Rank: Chief Petty Officer

When did you join the Navy and why?

Joined the Navy in May 1989.  I was either going to Join RAF or Navy, but RAF had no vacancies for Aircraft Technician so I joined the Navy.

Where are you now?

I am now at RNAS Culdrose, one of three Royal Naval Air Stations in the UK.  

What's your current job?

I am now an Engineering Instructor for the Merlin Mk1.  I teach Flying Controls, Navigation, Instruments, Electrical Power, Weapons, Aircraft Computers and Role Equipment.

What's the best thing about being in the Navy?

Travelling to glamorous places, the social life and working on aircraft.

What the worst thing about being in the Navy?

Amongst other things, separation from your family and having to take leave when Navy tells you to take leave (which is usually at busiest, hottest, most expensive times of year). It can be dangerous work and you're not always able to plan your life.

What's your the funniest moment?

Jumping in a taxi in Dakar one evening and telling taxi driver to "take us to cheapest place for beer" (bearing in mind it was about 50p a pint anyway).

One hour later we ended up at the edge of the desert in a town that had no roads, lighting, vehicles or pavements with only camels and horses tied up outside some buildings.  We still stayed and got very drunk!

What's your typical day?

I instruct trainees in the systems I mentioned earlier and act as a Divisional Officer to 10 trainees. I review lesson subjects for changes and speak with 824 Squadron to advise on engineering issues.

What qualifications do you need to do your job?

You need all these things:

An RN Aircraft Engineering Apprenticeship

BTEC Level 4 in Instructional Technique, 


Leadership and Management courses, Professional Qualifying courses for Chief Petty Officer.

Since doing all these qualifications I have done a HNC BTEC Level 5 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a HND BTEC Level 5 in Business Management.



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