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

Sailors and marines complete massive US-led humanitarian mission in the Pacific

British sailors, marines and soldiers joined the world’s largest humanitarian and...

HMS Lancaster supports British Government in Sudan evacuation

Sailors and Royal Marines on HMS Lancaster have helped hundreds of civilians flee...

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

Two Ukrainian Navy ships to be temporarily based in Portsmouth

Two former Royal Navy ships now serving with the Ukrainian Navy will be a frequent sight...

Training with Kiwis bears fruit for HMS Tamar

Patrol ship HMS Tamar geared up for an intensive period safeguarding vital fishing...

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

Battle-proven HMS Richmond returns home to Plymouth from Red Sea mission

Home from harm’s way are the 200 men and women of HMS Richmond who have completed a...

28 March 2024

Topic:Operational activitySecurity at Sea

Storyline: Red sea and Gulf

Diamond joins new international Red Sea mission to safeguard shipping

HMS Diamond has joined an international naval force on a dedicated mission to safeguard...

19 December 2023

Topic:Operational activitySecurity at Sea

Storyline: HMS Diamond

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

‘Unprecedented’ rise in SOS calls from seafarers in Red Sea crisis

A Royal Navy-led ‘999 emergency centre’ has dealt with an ‘unprecedented’ rise in...

Royal Navy completes record-breaking drug-busting mission in Gulf

A Royal Navy-led task force has delivered a record-breaking haul of drugs in its six...

21 July 2023

Topic:Operational activityProtecting the Economy

Storyline: Gulf