Equipped for every challenge


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it can be fired at targets up to 4000 miles away.


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Our equipment is as diverse as the challenges we face

From deep-diving submarines that patrol, deter and protect, to speedy RIBs, agile helicopters and adaptable amphibious vehicles, the Royal Navy is driven with some amazing kit. Every item is hand-picked to provide exceptional performance whilst delivering superb value for money. After all, we’re here to protect, serve and represent the UK, and we need the right tools for the job.

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Wildcat helicopters

The eyes and teeth of the Carrier Strike Group’s destroyers and frigates, the Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter is small, fast, agile, and packs a punch.

  • Wildcat can be armed with new Martlet laser guided missiles to take out small boats/fast attack craft, and Sting Ray torpedoes to neutralise submarines
  • Wildcat includes heavy machine guns for supporting board and search operations and providing overhead cover.

Merlin helicopters

Two variants of the versatile Merlin are part of the carrier’s air group, one for Royal Marines, the second to act as the force’s eyes and ears. 

  • Merlin Mk4 for Royal Marines/search and rescue/general transport duties 
  • Merlin Mk2 to spot threats on, above and beneath the waves with its hi-tech suite of radar and sonar 
  • Merlin Mk4 armed with guns, Mk2 with guns, torpedoes and depth charges

F-35 Lightning fast jet

The F-35 is the world’s first fifth-generation fighter. Its role is primarily to suppress enemy air defences, maintain air superiority and respond rapidly to any threat.  

  • Short take off and vertical landing
  • 1.6 Mach top speed
  • 460 nautical mile combat radius

Tide-class Tanker

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s fast fleet tankers carry out Replenishment at Sea operations. That means they refuel the other vessels of the Carrier Strike Group, minimising any disruption to ongoing operations.

  • 63-strong crew
  • Armed with Phalanx guns
  • Can accommodate Wildcat and Merlin helicopters

Type 45 Destroyer

These warships are some of the most advanced on the planet. Their wide range of weaponry includes the Sea Viper missile system. This guided missile capability further protects the Carrier Strike Group.

  • 30 knot top speed
  • Can attack targets in the sky from 70 miles
  • Multi-purpose - from humanitarian aid to anti-piracy

Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are our largest and most sophisticated warships. They are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and provide a global sovereign base for up to 40 aircraft.

  • Radar can track 1,000 moving targets up to 400km away
  • A range of 10,000 nautical miles
  • Can accommodate up to 1,600 sailors, aircrew and commandos

Type 23 Frigate

A truly versatile vessel, the Type 23 is able to contribute to any operation, anywhere in the world. They’re the core of our frontline fleet, with a proud history of protecting maritime trade routes.

  • 185-strong crew
  • 28 knot top speed
  • Harpoon anti-ship missiles fire 80 miles
Astute submarine

Attack submarine

Astute-class hunter killer boats are the most powerful attack submarines in the Royal Navy, combining world-class listening equipment with the ability to launch Tomahawk missiles and Spearfish torpedoes.

  • Agile, stealthy and manoeuvrable
  • Sea-to-sea firing range of 30 miles
  • Able to gather vital intelligence




A Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Wave-class vessel will always be part of Carrier Strike Group. These fast fleet tankers can deliver fuel to other vessels while at sea, increasing the longevity of each deployment. These Replenishment at Sea (RAS) operations require high levels of skill by experienced sailors.

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Most of Carrier Strike Group’s might is visible on the surface, but it’s the state-of-the-art Astute-class submarine that provides essential intelligence. Its world-leading sensors help to paint a strategic picture from beneath the waves, passing operationally sensitive information to other vessels.




The vast array of weaponry across Carrier Strike Group is more than just a show of strength. It allows us to carry out whatever peacekeeping operations are necessary. The ultimate firepower at the heart of it all is the F-35 Lightening fast jet, which is capable of everything from aerial combat to neutralising land-based threats.




Sometimes diplomacy is more powerful than any weapon. Relationships with foreign governments and partner forces are often key to preventing potential crises before they happen, from securing shipping routes to mediating regional disputes.

Future equipment

Unknown challenges demand kit we can count on

Though the challenges we face change every day, the Royal Navy is always well equipped to triumph. By looking to tomorrow today, we can make sure our troops have the kit they need to get the job done. 
Whether that means commissioning new ships like the fearsome 45 Destroyers and awe-inspiring Elizabeth-class Carriers, or harnessing the latest tech to ensure safety and efficiency, we are focused on the future, as well as today’s missions. 

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