Operational activity


Humanitarian assistance

The Royal Navy acts as a force for good the world over if disaster strikes. We provide life-saving support, aid and hands-on capability following natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and epidemics. 

Our ability to overcome adverse conditions means we’re often the first to respond when disaster strikes.

Find out about humanitarian aid

Navy completes 10,000-mile Covid vaccine dash to remote Atlantic island

29 April 2021

Naval reservists help Manchester’s fight against Covid

08 February 2021

Preventing conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message. We are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to prevent conflict.

By being there when it matters with a credible and potent naval force, we provide reassurance to other nations and stand as a deterrent to would-be aggressors. This influence safeguards the flow of international trade, helping Britain to thrive.

Find out how we prevent conflict

Carrier Strike Group deployment to visit 40 countries

26 April 2021

HMS Blyth goes from hot to cold on chilly NATO mission

10 February 2021

International partnership

As an island nation, the UK relies on strong ties with its allies and trading partners around the globe.

By defending the seaways that underpin the global economy and representing the UK at home and abroad, the Royal Navy plays a crucial role in strengthening those ties and ensuring the continued prosperity of our nation.

Learn more about our international partnerships

Coastal forces turn foe for final carrier exercises

11 June 2021

Storyline: HMNB Portsmouth

Canadian vessels move to Baltic after brief Portsmouth stop

24 May 2021

Storyline: HMNB Portsmouth

Security at sea

A thriving global economy depends on maritime trade – and as an island nation, the UK needs a strong navy to protect its interests on the high seas.

Day after day, the Royal Navy keeps a watchful eye over home and international waters, safeguarding its citizens and allies from pirates, terrorists and criminals, and ensuring that vital trade can continue without interruption.

Find out more on security at sea

Minehunter Blyth completes NATO mission with return to Scotland for Easter

29 March 2021

Third strike from HMS Montrose as Navy bags £3m drugs

22 March 2021

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is essential to the British way of life, with a huge 95% of Britain’s economic activity depending on the oceans.

We import goods worth a breathtaking £524 billion every year – including around half of our food and fuel – so freedom of the seas is truly essential to the UK’s continued prosperity and comfort.

Learn more about how we protect the economy

Trident tested – Royal Navy joins allied navies in major Gulf minehunting workout

02 May 2021

HMS Montrose deals double blow to drug runners in £11m busts

17 February 2021