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. 

KEY ACTIVITIES

Explore the ways we provide humanitarian assistance.

Restoring infrastructure

Our ability to be a self-sustaining, flexible force able to overcome adverse conditions makes us key to laying the foundations for ongoing aid operations. From re-establishing order, to restoring water and power and repairing airstrips.

Providing aid & support

The Royal Navy’s fleet has some of the most experienced logistical supply ships in the world. Manned by a highly-skilled force, we have quickly and effectively delivered life saving supplies to Sri Lanka, Haiti and most recently, the Philippines. 

Evacuations & repatriations

The UK has a duty to protect its nationals and dependent territories. During the Lebanon and Libya crises we safely evacuated fleeing citizens. We also repatriated 200,000 stranded nationals during the 2010 Icelandic volcanic ash incident. 

Acting swiftly

As disasters or crises unfold, acting quickly can save lives. As a part of the Response Force Task Group deployed globally, a collection of British Armed Forces that are held at a very high state of readiness, we are on hand to act swiftly.  

Preparing for the worst

To maximise our effectiveness, we conduct regular training exercises that simulate evacuations, repatriations and delivery of aid. When time and the elements are against us, this kind of preparation makes a crucial difference.

operations Atlantic Patrol Tasking North

The APT(N) task centres on reassurance to UK overseas dependent territories, providing humanitarian and disaster relief during the main hurricane season (June to November) and conducting counter narcotic patrols as part of the wider international effort.

operations Operation Gritrock

The UK armed forces have so far played a pivotal role in delivering the current British support as they work with the government of Sierra Leone to tackle the crisis.Using British expertise and local building contractors, the UK has committed to support 700 new beds in Ebola treatment facilities. This package will further support the country’s stretched public health services in containing the disease by helping up to nearly 8,800 patients over a 6-month period.

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.