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 Dean Bassett

A Warfare Officer by background, Commodore Bassett has held appointments on a number of ships including Operations Officer in the Type 22 Frigate HMS CUMBERLAND, deploying to the Middle East under Op TELIC (UK military operations in Iraq 2003 to 2011). During his command of HMS MONMOUTH he worked with international partners in the Middle East under Op KIPION (UK’s long-standing maritime presence in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean) , contributing to global maritime security and capacity building in the region.  Latterly he commanded HMS BULWARK, the UK’s very high readiness amphibious assault ship, deploying to the Middle East as part of the COUGAR 14 Task Group.

Commodore Bassett has also held various staff positions, including appointments on the staff at the UK’s Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) and within the Plans Division of the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ). As a Captain, he served as the Assistant Head UK Military Operations, within the Ministry of Defence, with strategic oversight of military operations in the UK, including Counter Terrorism, and most recently as the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff.

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.