Operation Kipion

The UK has a long-standing maritime presence in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean. Operation Kipion is our commitment to promoting peace and stability in the region, as well as ensuring the safe flow of oil and trade.



Britain's economic activity depends on the oceans

39 million tonnes

Oil imported into the UK every year


Nations working in cooperation


Royal Navy mine hunting vessels permanently stationed in the region

What are we doing?

The Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary maintain a conspicuous presence in the Gulf, consisting of helicopters, dock landing ships, and a permanent mine countermeasures squadron. 

There is typically at least one escort, supported by a tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, employed by UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) on Maritime Security patrol, plus a four-strong squadron of minehunters with a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship at notice within the operational area.

The United Kingdom Component Command, located in Bahrain, is the command element of Operation Kipion. The UKMCC exercises command and control of the various Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships in the region.

UK Maritime Component Commander (UKMCC)

Commodore Edward Ahlgren

Commodore Edward Ahlgren was born in Manchester in 1971 and  entered Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth as a Midshipman in 1990.

In 2013, he was assigned to the Ministry of Defence in Nuclear Capabilities followed by an appointment to the Maritime Battlestaff as Operations Officer.

Promoted Captain in 2015, he served as the Defence Attaché in Cairo, Egypt followed by a return to the SM Service in the role of Captain Faslane Flotilla, which completed in May 2019.

Promoted to Commodore in January 2020, he joined the Maritime Operations Centre in Northwood as Deputy Commander Operations.

In February 2021 he took up post as United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander, Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces and Senior Naval Officer Gulf.

Vision: By working alongside valued regional and international partners we will support the maintenance of the International Rules Based Order. We will reassure those who live and work in the maritime domain by actively deterring malign and illegal activity and by upholding freedom of navigation on the high seas. We will develop our regional partners’ capabilities to effectively conduct operations as well as strengthen our effort to promote regional maritime security and stability.