Ready to fight

The Royal Navy is a fighting force – and when diplomacy fails, we’re ready to do what it takes to protect our nation’s interests. As a member of the UN and NATO, the UK also stands prepared to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and to come to the aid of its allies.

Key activities

Ready to fight

Maintaining excellence

We are prepared to deploy rapidly across the globe in order to save lives, and to sustain and support all ranks and equipment of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, both in peacetime and in wartime.

One of our greatest strengths is our ability to operate effectively by sea, land and air. Our versatile fighting arms – the Surface Fleet, Fleet Air Arm, Submarine Service, and the Royal Marines – mean we can deliver a comprehensive line of attack, whatever the situation.

Ready to fight

Deploying globally

Our versatility gives us the freedom to deploy anywhere in the world. By strategically placing our forces, we are able to protect our interests, assist our allies, and fulfil our duty of supporting UN resolutions.

The UK’s aspirations and interests mean that the Royal Navy needs a truly global presence. That’s where the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) comes in. Manned by civilians, the RFA keeps the Royal Navy refuelled and supplied, wherever they are in the world.

Ready to fight

Boosting our numbers

People are at the heart of what we do. That’s why we put time and effort into selecting the very best candidates for our jobs, training them to the highest standards and then helping them stay at the cutting edge of their profession.

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Reserves are key to our operations. Trained to the same rigorous standards as our regular forces, they combine their civilian life with a part-time military career – and it’s their tireless dedication that gives us the edge.

Meet the team...

Lt Jones,

As battlefield support helicopter aircrew, we take the fight directly to the enemy. Our 16-tonne Merlin helicopter can transport 24 fully kitted Royal Marines Commandos into battle from ships at sea and remain in the field supporting the land campaign.

Lt Picket,
Royal Marines Commando

I joined the Royal Navy because I want to protect our nation and our way of life – and when diplomacy fails, we have no other option but to fight.

AB Harris,
Warfare Specialist

We can travel further and faster thanks to our amphibious capability and lightweight support network, transporting personnel and equipment to the areas of the battlefield where they are needed most.

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Cold Weather Training

Cold Weather Training is a multinational exercise hosted by the Norwegian Armed Forces. This training brings together the Royal Marines, assault ships and other Fleet assets, and the helicopters of the Fleet Air Arm.



Trident Juncture

Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will be held through October and November, predominantly in, over and on the seas around Portugal, Spain and Italy. It is one of a series of long-planned exercises to ensure that NATO Allies are ready to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction, and that they are able to work effectively with partners in tackling any crisis.


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Royal Marines

These elite amphibious troops are among the most renowned – and feared – fighting forces in the world. Since 1664, only the toughest have earned the right to wear the Green Beret. The Royal Marines – it’s a state of mind.

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