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Helping the whole family thrive

Need to contact a loved one urgently?

If something serious happens at home - like a death or illness in the family - and you need to get in touch with a serving family member, we’ll help you make contact as quickly as possible.

If they’re serving overseas, call 01452 519 951

If they’re in the UK, call 0800 145 6088

Loved one joining the Royal Navy?

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Find support and friendship in our incredible communities?

A career in the Royal Navy takes real commitment from the whole family. Whether they’re being deployed for the first or the fifth time, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about how to stay in touch, and any potential risks involved in the work they’ll be doing.

With our national and local community groups, there’s always someone on hand to listen, share experiences and provide friendship when you need it.

Explore support for loved ones

Becoming a military family

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Defence Discount Services

The Defence Discount Service provides discounts both online and on the high street for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Armed Forces Community.

Find out about Defence discounts
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We offer subsidised housing for service personnel and families, with even more financial support available if your partner is serving overseas.

And if you’re looking to get on the property ladder, the Forces Help to Buy scheme offers a 0% interest loan on a house deposit - getting you in your own home sooner than you thought.
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When a loved one joins the Royal Navy or leaves for deployment, it can be hard to find someone who really understands how you’re feeling.

We bring together partners, parents and children of serving personnel to share their experiences through online forums, closed Facebook pages, dedicated community centres and our Royal Navy Family & People Support (RN FPS) network.
Get support

Joining the Royal Navy community

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Royal Navy Forum

A safe and protected online environment for service personnel and their families to stay Involved, Informed and InTouch.
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Community centres

Having the support of peers, colleagues and like-minded people all over the world can help you deal with the unique challenges of Royal Navy life.
Explore local community centres
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Social media

We have a responsibility to ensure our online spaces are as safe as our offline spaces. We monitor social media channels daily to ensure our rules are being followed.
See our social media policy


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Deployment cycle

The Emotional Cycle of Deployment continues to be a valued resource for navigating the unique pressures that military families face during deployment.
Explore the deployment cycle
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Keeping in touch

We know how important it is to stay connected to loved ones when they’re deployed. While it can be a challenge to communicate, there are plenty of options - from emails and phone calls, to post.
How to keep in touch
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Supporting children during deployment

Deployments and separation can be a difficult time not only for serving personnel, but for the families they leave behind. That’s why we’re committed to helping maintain the well-being of naval families during times of separation.
Explore Support for Children