Welcome to the Royal Navy

You'll protect the nation's interests. You'll go places.

Do things that matter. And live life without limits.


This is life without limits

The incredible technology. The bond with colleagues. The amazing places. The doors that open. The difference you make to your nation – and the world.

The Royal Navy means all these things and more. A life without limits is closer than you think. 

Seize it.

Discover a life without limits.



As far back as you look, Britain’s history is intimately tied with that of the Royal Navy. Defending, protecting, securing our nation’s interests at sea and on land.

  • 1546

    Henry VII issues Letters Patent which establish a permanent administration for the Navy.

  • 1588

    The British Navy defeats the Spanish Armada in a key battle that marks the beginning of the British Empire.

  • 1660

    The British Navy becomes the Royal Navy after the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II.

  • 1805

    A crucial victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s plans to invade Britain, ensuring Britain’s economic supremacy.

  • 1917

    Formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, fully absorbed into the Royal Navy in 1993.

  • 1939

    The Royal Navy helped the Allies win the Battle of the Atlantic – the critical battle on which all Allied strategy depended during the Second World War.

  • 1968

    First patrol by a Polaris nuclear submarine.

  • 1982

    A Royal Navy taskforce sails to the Falkland Islands to fight the Argentinean invasion.

  • 1991

    Chief Royal Navy vessels deployed to the Gulf to support operations in the Middle East, including Broadsword-class frigates, and Sheffield-class destroyers.

  • 2013

    In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious bring 300 tonnes of food and aid to help the people of the Philippines.


Safety and security at sea

You’d be forgiven for forgetting that Britain is an island nation. That the clothes, food and petrol you depend on, in turn depend on the sea. That our whole economy, in fact, depends on shipping lanes that we keep open. On the illegal activities that we disrupt, like piracy, drug and human trafficking – and the conflict that we prevent.

We don’t forget. We know that as long as it’s business as usual for you, it’s a job well done for us.

Everyday provides a different challenge. Hunting submarines or chasing drug-runners. It's not just a 9-5 job.

Tim, Warfare Specialist

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Providing Security at Sea

Surface Fleet

Power at Sea

Protecting the coastline. Bringing humanitarian relief. Preventing terrorism and piracy. Stopping drug traffickers and people smugglers. Deploying our naval assets on military operations… It’s just your average day in the Surface Fleet, where carriers, destroyers, frigates and amphibious assault ships and aircraft are the source of our strength. You’ll need to stay sharp because things can change, quick as a flash. This life isn’t behind a desk. It’s on the open seas.

Every hour of every day is completely different. What we do matters.

Lauren, Logistics Officer

Submarine Service

Watching Listening Unseen

There’s an immense sense of power when the submarine quietly glides through the water. There is a great rush of adrenaline when you’re on covert operation. There is a great deal of responsibility in your hands because you’re in charge of one of the most powerful weapons in existence – our nuclear submarines. Unseen, undetected, beneath the waves, we are the elite, skilled force charged with keeping a watchful eye above and below the surface.

Working on a submarine is like nothing you've ever experienced before.

Jack, Weapon Engineer Officer (Submariner)

Fleet Air Arm

Strength from above

Total naval prowess demands our fleet of aircraft is poised and ready. Operating from shore bases and ships at sea, we gather intelligence, provide aid and bring the aerial power that’s needed to give us the edge during combat operations.

Being able to land and take-off a helicopter safely on a moving deck is one of the biggest challenges in aviation – and precisely the reason I joined.

Mark, Aircrew Officer Pilot