We’re strategically positioned around the globe - on, under and above the high seas - ready to respond with force when we need to.
Our imposing presence on the global stage is a powerful deterrent to anyone wanting to cause harm or challenge our free trade.
We’re an island nation, which means our biggest access point is by sea. Last year, around half of the essential items we used came to our shores by boat.
Safeguarding the handful of global hotspots where most maritime trade passes through doesn’t just keep the seas safe from criminals - it keeps food on our plates.
When a region becomes unstable, it has a knock-on effect on the rest of the world. Essential resources become limited and peace is threatened.
We keep a watchful eye on fragile states, ready to act before the worst happens and working with our allies to stabilise threats and maintain the flow of vital supplies.
Strong relationships with international partners, and our work with the UN and NATO, give us the autonomy to operate freely in waters around the globe.
Building trust during times of peace means we have the support in place to respond quickly when tensions arise.