Surface Fleet

The Royal Navy's warships provide the maritime might and backbone of the Royal Navy.

Role of the Surface Fleet

The Surface Fleet gives the Royal Navy versatility, global presence and resilience. The warships of the fleet provide a credible fighting force across the full spectrum of military operations from maritime security to disaster relief, allowing the Royal Navy to protect our nation's interests.

The Surface Fleet has been strengthened with the addition of two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers: the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which was accepted into the fleet in 2017, and the HMS Prince of Wales, which will enter active service in 2020.

These formidable warships are the largest ever constructed for the Royal Navy. Together, they will substantially increase our reach, acting both as a powerful symbol of Britain’s international influence and as a deterrent to those who would do us harm.

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Being a part of the Surface Fleet

Lt Jenkins, 25

Warfare officer

The job may be intense, but it’s incredibly rewarding. I also get to work on some of the most advanced warships on the planet.

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What we do

Protecting our nation’s interests: guardian, diplomat and humanitarian force for good. Learn more about the Royal Navy’s priorities and what we do day-to-day.

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Join the Surface Fleet

Make memories. Make a difference. Make friends for life – and get paid to do it. Are you ready for a career in the Royal Navy?

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