Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime)

Previously known as Cougar, the Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) (JEF(M)) deployment will demonstrate the ability to project a highly effective UK maritime component anywhere in the world, whilst reassuring our allies of the UK’s commitment to the stability of the Middle East.

The deployment comprises a series of demanding exercises designed to ensure that NATO allies are ready to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction, and that they are able to work effectively with partners in tackling any crisis. 

In September 2016, HMS Ocean sailed from Plymouth to join the inaugural Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) Task Group.

The UK’s Fleet Flagship will form part of the task group commanded by Commodore Andrew Burns  (Commander Amphibious Task Group), deploying to the Mediterranean and Middle East before returning home in March next year.

The ship, with 900 personnel on-board, has embarked the command element and a company of Plymouth-based 42 Commando Royal Marines as well as helicopters from 845 Naval Air Squadron, 662 Squadron Army Air Corps and 27 Squadron Royal Air Force. 

The Task Group consists of HMS Bulwark with Commander Amphibious Task Group and Commander 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines embarked, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay and the UK’s strategic Motor Vessel Eddystone Point, will carry out exercises with partner nations in the Mediterranean and the Middle East Ocean.

HMS Ocean will provide the command ship for Commodore Andrew Burns when he takes charge of Combined Task Force 50, working directly for Commander US 5th Fleet for a period of 3 months at the end of the year. 

What we are doing

Ensuring the task force is trained to a high level so that they are ready to respond to any global situation

Why we are there

To improve maritime security through partnership and the sharing of resources with our allies

This deployment is a hugely important task for the Royal Navy, and for Defence, demonstrating our ability to deploy and operate worldwide, engaging closely with our allies and standing ready for whatever a deployment to an area of strategic interest to the UK can present.

Commodore Andrew Burns

Commander Amphibious Task Group Andrew Burns

Rank: Commodore

Preventing Conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.  

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Mediterranean

HMS Ocean

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HMS Bulwark

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845 Naval Air Squadron

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42 Commando

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RFA Mounts Bay

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