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The Royal Navy survives – and thrives – in the most extreme environments in the world. From the ice floes of the Antarctic to deserts where temperatures top 50°C, we’re ready for action.

In the Jungle

In an emergency

The Royal Navy is used to making things happen in the world’s most extreme environments. Our resourcefulness and practical capability is regularly put to the test providing humanitarian relief, restoring infrastructure, distributing supplies and helping communities find their feet after both man-made and natural disasters.


Forces personnel helped following Hurricane Irma.

10 million

litres of safe drinking water supplied.

135 tonnes

of aid distributed.

Expertise in Extreme Environments

In the Desert

The heat of the day. The cold of the night. Staying effective with scarce water in a demanding environment is no easy feat – unless you’ve been trained in desert warfare like the Royal Marines. This unstoppable force is ready for anything.

On the ice

In less-charted waters

The British Antarctic Territory is the UK’s largest Overseas Territory. And we’re right there, patrolling, protecting and providing a reassuring presence in the coldest place on earth. Though the Royal Marines are on hand 24/7/365, our main priority is data gathering.

I’m one of a handful of people to have dived in the Antarctic. The visibility is unbelievable… and yes, it’s pretty chilly! I never thought I’d get this experience when I signed up, but I’m incredibly proud to protect such a unique marine environment.

Lt, Picket
Royal Marines Commando

From training on Dartmoor to exercises in the desert, it’s a shock to the system. But that’s what exercises are all about; making sure we’re physically and mentally prepared for the task, wherever the UK needs us.

Captain Stephen Norris RFA
Mounts Bay’s Commanding Officer

To witness the level of destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma was truly shocking and humbling. Faced with the herculean task of attending several devastated islands has been immense and I can only praise the professionalism and tireless dedication of everyone onboard.

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