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Surface Fleet

Surface Fleet

Resilient. Resourceful. Ready. Capable of taking on any maritime military operation at a moment’s notice.

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World-class warships

Safeguarding territorial waters. Hunting pirates. Delivering humanitarian aid.

Whatever the mission, our fleet of over 70 ships - from formidable aircraft carriers and destroyers, to minehunters and patrol vessels - gives us the capacity to respond rapidly to any eventuality by ocean, sea or river.

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Ready for any challenge

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year: we have to be constantly prepared to stabilise the seas and keep trade flowing. 

Positioned in key points across the globe, we’re able to monitor, assess and take action whenever and wherever there’s a threat.

The UK economy - and the peace of our nation and allies - depend on it.

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Meet the fleet

Over the next decade, £41 billion will be invested in world-class tech and support for the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary - including autonomous mine-hunters and ocean surveillance vessels - so that we remain an agile, unrivalled force ready to respond to advanced threats.

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Inspiration Class

Our five new Type 31 frigates will be at the heart of the Surface Fleet - intercepting threats, gathering intelligence and providing humanitarian support.
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Aircraft carriers

Assault ships




Offshore patrol vessels

Survey vessels


Where we operate

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Join the Surface Fleet

Ready to go places? A career in the Surface Fleet could take you all over the world - on missions as varied as the oceans we defend.

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