As an island nation the UK’s prosperity relies on access to the sea. This is why the Royal Navy’s unique ability to secure and exploit the maritime environment is, and will remain, a key part of the nation’s defence and security.
Today, tomorrow, and towards 2025
Specifically, the Royal Navy will protect Britain’s interests, citizens, territory and trade by deterring threats to our peace, prosperity and our way of life. With our allies and partners we will promote and deliver international maritime security. We will be ready to defeat our nation’s enemies with a deployable maritime force; one able to conduct decisive combat operations at sea, from the sea, on land and in the air alongside our sister services.
To achieve these objectives, in addition to providing the Nation’s nuclear deterrent, the Royal Navy will be required to undertake the following roles:
- Warfighting: Conducting, or be ready to conduct, warfighting at sea and from the sea.
- Maritime Security: Protecting the free, safe and lawful use of the sea where it is vital to UK prosperity and security.
- International Engagement: Promoting UK interests by developing international partnerships.
The sea is our home, it is our environment. We are the nation’s professional experts and leaders on defence and security in and from the maritime environment. In the fast changing, complex, inter-connected world of the 21st century the Royal Navy will be:
- Founded on quality people.
- Operationally versatile, capable of contributing to diplomatic, humanitarian and military operations at sea, on land and in the air.
- Interoperable, able to operate with the Army, RAF, Government agencies and international allies.
- Deployed, constantly working to promote and protect the UK’s national interests.
- Information oriented, ready to use information as a weapon and tool.
- Agile and able to learn, swiftly updating doctrine, concepts, tactics and training to keep pace with a changing world.
- A navy of sufficient size to fulfil its commitments, with a Fleet of effective ships, submarines and aircraft scaled at a suitable level to meet government policy objectives.
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