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.  


Explore the way we prevent conflict on the high seas.

Strategic positioning

The majority of maritime trade passes through a handful of global chokepoints. By strategically positioning our strength, we send a potent message that makes would-be aggressors think twice. 

Global presence

Tensions threatening Britain’s interests can arise anywhere. Which is why the Royal Navy makes the most of our freedom to deploy globally. Our proximity to unstable or aggressive nations has the power to curb destabilising behaviour.  

Stabilising hotspots

When regions become unstable it has a knock-on effect on essential resources. To prevent this from happening the Royal Navy calms areas like the Gulf or West Africa that are essential to the flow of goods and supplies. 

Reassuring regional powers

Global trade depends on the cooperation and goodwill of maritime nations, our allies and coalition partners. Our presence helps maintain stability by reassuring the powers involved and containing situations before they develop.

operations Maritime security

British ships and units are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

operations Cougar 14

Cougar is an amphibious task force exercising in the Mediterranean. The Response Force Task Group (RFTG) is the Royal Navy’s High Readiness Task Group. It has a number of units assigned to it including a helicopter carrier, an assault ship, two frigates, as well as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship and Commando units, and several Fleet Air Arm squadrons.

operations Combined Task Force 150

CTF 150 operates in an area that covers the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and the Northern Indian Ocean. The Force was created to counter terrorism, prevent smuggling, create a lawful maritime order and conduct maritime security operations.

operations Operation Recsyr

The Danish, Norwegian and British Task Group works alongside a Russian and Chinese Task Group to provide maritime force protection to the Danish and Norwegian merchant vessels tasked with transporting the chemical substances and weapons out of Syria for destruction.

operations Operation Herrick

Operation Herrick is the code-name for the work UK Forces have been doing in Afghanistan since 2002, working to bring about stability in the country and maintain the forces of law and order, pushing back the Taliban and preventing them from using the country as a base for terrorism.

operations Mission Statement

To be prepared to deploy rapidly world-wide, in order to save life, sustain & support all ranks & equipment of 3 Cdo Bde RM & attached units, in peace, war and on operations other than war.

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.