Serving your country

Serving your country

The Royal Navy is central to protecting our nation’s interests, using its global presence to neutralise threats, with or without a shot being fired. People like you, all over the world, are prepared to act at a moment’s notice, all in the name of serving their country.

Joining the Royal Navy isn’t just about being willing, it’s about being ready. You’ll be given the skills you need to respond to diverse situations, from knowing how to use weaponry, to understanding radar systems. Few careers come with this much responsibility. Fewer still make such a difference to our everyday lives, every day.

A world of difference

From essential work in the global humanitarian aid effort or tracking down drug runners in the Caribbean, to resolving conflict when and where it’s needed, ours is a truly global effort. Use the map to explore some of our missions. 

Our work, at a glance.


Patrolling the UK waters

Part of our job on an attack submarine is to work with the rest of the fleet, as well as partner forces, to keep shipping lanes open and secure. Below the surface, we're in a unique position to help.


Warfare Specialist (Sonar) (Submariner)


The number of personnel who took part in the operation


The number of trainee Submariners who earned their 'Dophins'

Flooding in Hampshire, UK

We had just returned from disaster relief in the Philippines and were using the skills we learned there to help at home.

Kate, a Warfare specialist.


Warfare Specialist


The number of Royal Navy sailors who built flood defences

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Local residents carried more than 1,000 cups of tea to sailors

Royal Navy personnel providing relief from floods in Hampshire. Royal Navy personnel providing relief from floods in Hampshire.

Fishery Protection Squadron

I serve on board HMS Tyne as part of the Fishery Protection Squadron and love the fact it’s a smaller ship to others in the Royal Navy. It’s hard work and there’s lots to do but everyone gets along and helps each other because there are fewer of us.

Gary, a Marine Engineer Officer.


Marine Engineer Officer


The number of square miles of sea patrolled by the squadron

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Britain's economic activity which depends on the oceans

Royal Navy personnel at work at sea. Royal Navy personnel at work at sea.

Second World War bombing

Many parts of Britain were subject to heavy bombing in the Second World War, and today this ordnance can pose a danger to the public at sea, on the shore and inland. As a Royal Navy diver, being part of the team which helps deal with these is a hugely rewarding experience.

Neil, a Mine Clearance Diver.


Mine Clearance Diver


The number of Navy divers who took part in the exercise


The distance the REMUS 100 can scan to detect devices

Two Royal Navy divers at work. Royal Navy divers at work.