Surface Fleet

The Surface Fleet forms the core of the Royal Navy. Its specialised ships, from small patrol boats to aircraft carriers, have been protecting our nation’s interests at home and abroad since before the Battle of Trafalgar.

The role of the Surface Fleet

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.

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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