HMS Daring

Destroyers

Destroyer – Traditionally larger than frigates and usually more associated with air defence, the RN now has just 6 modern Type 45 destroyers.

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Type 26 Frigate

Frigates

Frigates – Small to medium-sized surface escort ships (approx 4,000 tons) and general ‘workhorses’ of the fleet. Used to be primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare but are increasingly used in general purpose roles. The RN now has just 13 Type 23 frigates. 

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HMS Bulwark

Assault Ships

Assault ships provide an ‘amphibious’ capability – the landing of troops and equipment from sea via helicopters or by landing craft onto the shore. 

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Harpoon Missile

Weapons

A brief overview of the Key weapons systems carried by Royal Navy vessels.

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RFA Black Rover RAS

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is a vital service that provides support to the RN, allowing ships to stay at sea for extended periods by providing fuel, stores and ammunition.

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Lynx helicopter

Fleet Air Arm

Fleet Air Arm – The aviation arm of the RN. During its heyday in the 1950s, it numbered many squadrons of fighters, bombers, early warning aircraft and helicopters operating from aircraft carriers. Today it is a shadow of its former self, being a helicopter-only service. The last purely naval fixed-wing aircraft were decommissioned in March 2006.

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Royal Marines

Royal Marines

The Royal Navy’s elite commando soldiers, specialists in amphibious warfare 

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HMS Brocklesby, Minehunter

Mine Warfare Vessels

Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) – combine mine hunting with mine disposal using sophisticated sonar, divers and remotely operated submersibles.

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