Surface Fleet

From large assault ships to small patrol boats, the surface fleet forms the core of the Royal Navy; powerful and professionally handled warships have been successfully protecting our nation's interests from before the Battle of Trafalgar.

COMMANDER UK MARITIME FORCES Alex Burton

Rank: Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral Alex Burton became Commander UK Maritime Forces in January 2016.

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Aircraft Carriers

The future flagships of the the nation

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HMS Queen Elizabeth

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HMS Prince of Wales

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Assault ships

Delivering Royal Marines and equipment ashore from the sea

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HMS Ocean

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HMS Bulwark

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HMS Albion

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Destroyers

Highly advanced and well-equipped for a variety of tasks

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HMS Daring

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HMS Dauntless

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HMS Diamond

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HMS Dragon

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HMS Defender

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HMS Duncan

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Diving

Specialist diving support and bomb disposal

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Northern Diving Group

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Southern Diving Group

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Fleet Diving Units 1, 2 & 3

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Frigates

Sophisticated warships suitable for a wide range of roles

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HMS Argyll

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HMS Iron Duke

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HMS Kent

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HMS Lancaster

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HMS Monmouth

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HMS Montrose

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HMS Northumberland

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HMS Portland

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HMS Richmond

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HMS Somerset

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HMS St Albans

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HMS Sutherland

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HMS Westminster

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Minehunters

Keeping the sea lanes clear of mines and hidden dangers

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Hunt Class

HMS Atherstone

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HMS Brocklesby

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HMS Cattistock

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HMS Chiddingfold

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HMS Hurworth

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HMS Ledbury

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HMS Middleton

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HMS Quorn

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Sandown Class

HMS Bangor

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HMS Blyth

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HMS Grimsby

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HMS Pembroke

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HMS Penzance

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HMS Ramsey

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HMS Shoreham

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Patrol

Safeguarding UK territorial waters and fishing stocks

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Archer class

HMS Archer

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HMS Biter

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HMS Blazer

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HMS Charger

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HMS Dasher

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HMS Example

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HMS Exploit

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HMS Explorer

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HMS Express

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HMS Puncher

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HMS Pursuer

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HMS Raider

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HMS Ranger

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HMS Smiter

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HMS Tracker

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HMS Trumpeter

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River class

HMS Clyde

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HMS Mersey

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HMS Severn

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HMS Tyne

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Scimitar class

HMS Sabre

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HMS Scimitar

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Survey

Supporting  operations by mapping and charting the oceans

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Antarctic patrol ship

HMS Protector

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Coastal survey ship

HMS Gleaner

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Echo Class

HMS Echo

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HMS Enterprise

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Ocean survey ship

HMS Scott

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Decommissioned

No longer in the Naval Service, but never forgotten

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HMS Illustrious

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HMS Edinburgh

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HMS Gloucester

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HMS Liverpool

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HMS Manchester

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RFA Orangeleaf

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HMS York

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HMS Tireless

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