Britain is an Island nation so we, the Royal Navy, understand the importance of controlling and defending our seas. This is a very large part of our business but by no mean all that we do.
When diplomacy fails, the United Kingdom has to be ready to act. Therefore the Naval Service, made up of the Surface Fleet, the Submarine Service, the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Marines Commandos are first and foremost a fighting force equipped to serve in conflicts around the world. We protect Britain’s Ports, fishing grounds and Merchant ships and help tackle international Smuggling, Terrorism and Piracy. Increasingly we are involved in Humanitarian and Disaster Relief missions when our skills, discipline and resourcefulness make a real difference to people’s lives.
The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the United Kingdom is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way, we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the United Kingdom also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and comes to the aid of our Allies.
This is where the Royal Navy comes in to our own; we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, by land or from the air so that we are able to deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace and protecting our Nations’ interests worldwide.