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 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 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.

operations Cougar 15

Cougar is the annual deployment of the UK’s high readiness maritime joint expeditionary force aimed at demonstrating the Royal Navy’s ability to keep Britain safe and improve her economic security by being able to deploy a highly effective maritime force anywhere in the world.

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.