- What we do
What we do
Protecting our nation’s interests: guardian, diplomat and humanitarian force for good. Learn more about the Royal Navy’s priorities and what we do day-to-day.
The stability of our nation depends on the freedom of the seas. Our presence is key to achieving this.
Providing security at sea
Ensuring the security of home and international waters is central to the stability and prosperity of Britain and the world economy.
We work with our allies and partners to help cement the relationships that our nation depends on.
Ready to fight
Maintaining a state of readiness to protect the interests of Britain and our allies.
Protecting our economy
Safeguarding the high seas trade routes that Britain depends on for 95% of its economic activity.
Providing humanitarian assistance
Our ability to overcome adverse conditions means we’re often the first to respond when disaster strikes.
- Our organisation
The five fighting arms of the Royal Navy work together to protect our nation’s interests at sea, on land and in the air. Find out more about them here.
- The equipment
From the Vanguard-class ballistic submarine to the formidable HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, our equipment is among the best in the world. Learn more here.
At the heart of our naval prowess is an impressive fleet that includes destroyers, frigates, and aircraft carriers.
Providing air support on operations are some of the world’s most advanced helicopters.
Silently patrolling the world’s seas is our fleet of submarines – formidable machines responsible for carrying Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
Royal Marines are able to operate across all terrains and environments using an arsenal of highly specialised equipment and weapons.
- Our people
Royal Navy personnel may come from all walks of life, but they are united by one thing: a commitment to protecting our nation’s interests, no matter what.
- News & latest activity
14 December 2018
Naval heroes at home and abroad honoured at Millies
14 December 2018
The Duchess of Cornwall hosts reception for Royal Navy Medics at Clarence House
13 December 2018
HMS Montrose enjoys warm welcome in Chile
11 December 2018
HMS Dragon deals second blow to drug runners in under a fortnight with £1.6m Gulf narcotics haul
Explore the Royal Navy's many current and enduring operations using the link above. Below are just two of the current operations which you can link to directly.
Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is deployed to the east coast of the United States for her maiden F-35 Lightning flying trials. Joined by her task group, including HMS Monmouth, it marks the first time F-35 stealth jets have flown from the carrier's flight deck. As well as the vital deck trials, the deployment also involves exercises to prove the ship's ability to operate with other nations’ ships and aircraft.
Saif Sareea 3
Saif Sareea is one of the largest international military exercises in the world. More than 4,000 British sailors, soldiers and air crews will be tested in the punishing sands of the desert of Oman alongside colleagues from the host nation.
It is intended to reinforce the long-standing and close military relationship between Britain and Oman, strengthening our ability to provide security and safeguard UK prosperity in a vital part of the world.
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Whether it’s dealing with the demands of deployment or the rigours of relocation, we make sure that the family and friends of Naval Service personnel have all the help, guidance and support they need, every day.
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