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

HMS Medway heads to the Cayman Islands after Hurricane Ian

Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Medway assisted the Cayman Islands after Hurricane Ian...

29 September 2022

Topic:Operational activityHumanitarian assistance

Storyline: HMS Medway

Royal Navy delivers disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Fiona

The Royal Navy delivered drinking water and made repairs as the Turks and Caicos Islands...

27 September 2022

Topic:Operational activityHumanitarian assistance

Storyline: Humanitarian

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

The UK’s Carrier Strike Group will visit more than one fifth of the world’s nations when...

HMS Blyth goes from hot to cold on chilly NATO mission

After the heat of the Gulf, it’s the cool waters of northern Europe for the next few...

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

Commandos take on boarding operations training in Algeria as Med mission continues

Royal Navy helicopters and Royal Marines pounced on their own vessel during pulsating...

HMS Spey officers learn how Japan trains its naval leaders

Royal Navy leaders of tomorrow were given an insight into how Japan trains officers to...

01 December 2022

Topic:Operational activityInternational partnership

Storyline: HMS Spey

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

F-35B Lightning jets arrive on HMS Queen Elizabeth

F-35B Lightning jets from RAF Marham have landed aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth to conduct...

16 November 2022

Topic:Operational activitySecurity at Sea

Storyline: HMS Queen Elizabeth

Royal Navy warships begin World Cup security mission in Gulf

Royal Navy warships have begun their World Cup security mission, spending the next two...

11 November 2022

Topic:Operational activitySecurity at Sea

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

Navy task group ready for Caribbean mission after major international exercise off South America

The Royal Navy’s Caribbean task group has joined forces for the first time this year –...

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

Four Royal Navy ships led the way in the largest test of international minehunting...