Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.


Explore the ways we are ready to fight.

Maintaining excellence

People are at the heart of what we do. This is why we put significant time and effort in selecting the best candidates for our jobs, training them to the highest standards and then helping them stay at the cutting edge of their profession. 

Remaining versatile

One of our key strengths is our capability to operate by sea, land or air . Our fighting arms – the Surface Fleet, Fleet Air Arm, Submarine Service, and the Royal Marines, mean we can deliver a comprehensive line of attack. 

Being self supporting

The UK’s aspirations and interests mean that the Royal Navy needs to maintain a theatre of global operations. This is where the Royal Fleet Auxiliary comes in – the civilian fleet keeping us refuelled, supplied, and a truly international force. 

Deploying globally

To fulfil our duty of supporting UN resolutions and protecting our nation’s interests, we have the freedom to deploy all around the world and strategically place our forces. Allowing us to be on hand for any mission. 

Boosting our numbers

The Royal Navy and Royal Marine Reserves are a force of dedicated individuals combining their civilian life and skills with a part time military career. Trained to the same rigorous standard, they are key to our operations, helping to give us the edge. 

operations Maintenance and sea-trials

Ships, units and aircraft need periods of maintenance and sea-trials to ensure that they are at their best for any tasks asked of them.

operations Exercise Trident Juncture

Ex Trident Juncture 18 is the largest in a series of deliberately-planned exercises scheduled over several years to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to a threat from any direction. This year’s exercise will take place in Norway with over 40,000 personnel from 30 countries gathering to practise their ability to operate and respond to threats together.

operations Westlant 18

Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is deployed to the east coast of the United States for her maiden F-35 Lightning flying trials. Joined by her task group, including HMS Monmouth, it marks the first time F-35 stealth jets have flown from the carrier's flight deck. As well as the vital deck trials, the deployment also involves exercises to prove the ship's ability to operate with other nations’ ships and aircraft.

operations Mission Statement

To be prepared to deploy rapidly world-wide, in order to save life, sustain & support all ranks & equipment of 3 Cdo Bde RM & attached units, in peace, war and on operations other than war.

operations Exercise Clockwork

Exercise Clockwork is the Commando Helicopter Force’s annual chance to test their mettle – and metal – in the harsh winter of northern Norway. Based at a dedicated site on the Royal Norwegian Air Force base at Bardufoss, almost 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Clockwork is as valid a training exercise as it has ever been, because the one great, constant enemy of the military is the environment.

operations Winter Deployment

Winter Deployment is a Norway based winter exercise. The main purpose of the annual winter exercise is to put Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors and airmen through their paces in one of the most demanding environments.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Preventing Conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK 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.