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Primed to fiercely protect: our seas, our peace, our economy.

Protecting the high seas

A thriving global economy depends on maritime trade - and as an island nation, the UK needs a strong navy to protect its interests.

Day after day, we keep a watchful eye over home and international waters, safeguarding citizens and allies from pirates, terrorists and criminals.

Royal Navy rib approaches a boat suspected of drug smuggling

Fighting crime

Over 90% of global trade is transported by sea - and inevitably, this attracts the attention of criminals.

We protect maritime trade from pirates, terrorists and traffickers - keeping the wheels of commerce turning, whatever it takes.
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Stabilising hotspots

When instability occurs in a country we rely on for trade, resources become scarce and costs soar.

We work proactively – often in partnership with other nations – to maintain the smooth flow of goods and supplies in regions where conflict is a real threat.

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Protecting our economy

With nearly half of our food imported from overseas and 97% of our data transferred by underwater cables, we are heavily reliant on the maritime industry’s stability.

Protecting critical shipping lanes keeps our economy afloat.

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Supporting employment

More than 950,000 jobs are directly supported by the UK maritime sector, which adds £37.4 billion to the UK economy.

With so much at stake, it’s vital we maintain a formidable position on the world stage.