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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Vanguard class submarine

Submarine Service

4 ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) carry the nation’s nuclear deterrent while the attack submarines (SSN) are arguably the most important of all the RN’s conventional assets.

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HMS Protector

Patrol Ships

The RN has a handful of lightly-armed patrol vessels for specialist tasks.

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HMS Echo

Hydrographic Survey Ships

The RN has 3 ships that conduct hydrographic surveys of the ocean, the seabed and coastal features. The data they collect is used to produce the Admiralty charts issued by the UK Hydrographic office which are sold to mariners worldwide. 

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HMS Illustrious enters Portsmouth for the final time

Farewell HMS Illustrious good & faithful servant

On 22nd July HMS Illustrious entered Portsmouth for the final time flying her paying off pennant and formally decommissions on 28th August after 32 years service. The passing of this ship marks a significant moment for the RN. It is always sad when a warship that has served the nation for so long is retired but it also marks the start of a ‘rock bottom’ period. 2014 – 2020 will see the RN in a deep trough of major ‘capability gaps’ mainly stemming from the decisions of the 2010 defence review.

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