Atlantic Patrol Tasking North

The Navy has a near constant presence in the Caribbean and the North Atlantic. We send RN or RFA vessels to this region to act as a deterrent to drug smugglers. The Navy has been involved in countless counter-narcotic operations over the years, preventing millions of pounds worth of drugs reaching UK shores.

The Royal Navy (RN) can affect what happens in the UK from many miles away. For most of the year there is a Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship on patrol in the Caribbean.

Drug trafficking is a major problem in this part of the world. Over the years RN ships have seized narcotics that would have a street value running into the hundreds of million of pound. If they were able to reach UK shores that is.

The RN is part of the ongoing battle to prevent illegal substances reaching the UK and while a ship can only be in one place at any one time, news of the presence of a RN ship in the region will make traffickers think twice before attempting a drug run.

A patrol ship in this part of the word also serves to preserve and strengthen bonds with our allies. A RN ship will conduct many exercises with foreign navy vessels such as the Dutch, French and Americans. The RN place critical importance in being able to fight effectively with the navies of other nations.

What we are doing

Deterring drug traffickers and patrolling the seas

Why we are there

Preserving and strengthening bonds with our allies

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Location Caribbean

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RFA Lyme Bay

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