Standing Royal Navy deployments

Protector on Antarctic Patrol
at the South Yard (HMS Malabar) of the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda in 1988
Clyde patrols off West Falkland
Royal Marines during the annual Cold Weather Training exercise in the Norwegian Arctic
Fleet Ready Escort HMS Dragon escorting the Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, through the English Channel
A Trident II D-5 ballistic missile launched from a Vanguard-class submarine
LPH HMS Ocean during the JEF(M) Amphibious Task Group in October 2016
Merlin HC3 of 846 NAS with HMS Scimitar in British territorial waters off Gibraltar

List of operations and commitments undertaken by the United Kingdom's Royal Navy on a worldwide basis.

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Royal Navy

United Kingdom's naval warfare force.

A late 16th-century painting of the Spanish Armada in battle with English warships
, Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, is still a commissioned Royal Navy ship, although she is now permanently kept in dry-dock
The Battle of Trafalgar, depicted here in its opening phase
The routes of Captain James Cook's three voyages.
Heavy cruiser berthed in Admiralty Floating Dock No. 1 at the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda, 1934.
Britannia Royal Naval College
, a aircraft carrier on sea trials in June 2017
, the Type 45 guided missile destroyer
, the Type 23 frigate designed for anti-submarine warfare.
, a Royal Navy Antarctic patrol ship
, the first nuclear submarine
The F-35B aircraft are operated from the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
Royal Marines in Sangin, 2010
Royal Marines Band Service members beside HMS Duncan in 2010
during HMNB Devonport's Navy day, 2006.
alongside Faslane Naval Base
A Merlin HC3 and Wildcat AH1 both of Commando Helicopter Force, based at RNAS Yeovilton.
A Royal Navy Merlin HM2 at RNAS Culdrose.
The RN presence in the Persian Gulf typically consists of a Type 45 destroyer and a squadron of minehunters supported by an RFA "mothership"
Portsmouth dockyard during the Trafalgar 200 International Fleet Review. Seen here are commissioned ships from; the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Greece, Pakistan, Ireland and Nigeria.
HMNB Clyde, Faslane, home of the submarines
Type 23 frigates or "Duke class" are named after British dukes.
The Queen and Admiral Sir Alan West during a Fleet Review

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, its focus has returned to expeditionary operations around the world and it remains one of the world's foremost blue-water navies.

Military of the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are a British overseas territory and, as such, rely on the United Kingdom for the guarantee of their security.

The British Joint Forces flag flown in the Falklands
HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 guided missile destroyer.
HMS Torbay, a Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine.
Former Rapier missile system.
Eurofighter Typhoon
Voyager KC2
A400M

When deployed, the major warship and RFA vessel carry out the Atlantic Patrol Task (South) mission, which "provides a maritime presence to protect the UK's interests in the region".

HMS Severn (P282)

Of the Royal Navy.

Severn in a Western Approaches camouflage scheme, August 2021

In October 2014, it was announced that Severn would be the first River-class vessel to deploy overseas to take up the Atlantic Patrol Tasking North, a task traditionally assigned to a frigate or destroyer.

HMS Westminster (F237)

Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, and the second ship to bear the name.

Overhead view of HMS Richmond in August 2013

On 3 February 1999, Westminster joined the Atlantic Patrol Ship South, relieving HMS Norfolk which was taking part in Operation Basilica in Sierra Leone.

HMS Manchester (D95)

Type 42 destroyer in the 5th Destroyer Squadron of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy.

Manchester being decommissioned in May 2011 at HMNB Portsmouth
Manchester at HMNB Devonport Navy Days 2006 undergoing refit
Manchester on the River Clyde in 2008

In 2004, Manchester acted in the role of Fleet Ready Escort (FRE).

HMS Richmond (F239)

Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy.

HMS Richmond in Portsmouth Naval Base
Richmond launching an AGM-84 Harpoon missile
Richmond patrolling near the Al Basra Oil Terminal, Iraq
HMS Richmond moored at South Quay in London in 2017

In July 2004 Richmond deployed on Atlantic Patrol Task (North), which encompasses the Atlantic and Caribbean regions.

HMS Birmingham (D86)

Type 42 destroyer laid down by Cammell Laird and Company, Limited, at Birkenhead on 28 March 1972, launched on 30 July 1973 by Lady Empson, wife of Sir Derek Empson and commissioned on 3 December 1976.

Sheffield with the prominent exhaust deflectors on her funnel

In July 1990, whilst on deployment as part of the West Indies Guard Ship, Birmingham, supported by RFA Oakleaf was ordered to sail from Florida to Trinidad in response to the Jamaat al Muslimeen coup attempt, in which Islamist fundamentalists had taken hostages.

HMS Monmouth (F235)

The sixth "Duke"-class Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy.

Monmouth in Gibraltar in 2006
AgustaWestland Merlin HM1 on HMS Monmouth{{'}}s flight deck

In early 2004 the ship was assigned to the Atlantic Patrol Task North.

HMS Glasgow (D88)

Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy.

Scale drawing of HMS Glasgow in 1982
Scale drawing of HMS Glasgow in 1992 including Phalanx CIWS and updated main radar.
Lt Gavazzi's A-4 attacking HMS Glasgow - Photo taken from HMS Brilliant's flight deck 12 May 1982
HMS Glasgow unexploded bomb exit hole on the port side
HMS Glasgow with HMS Brilliant during Falklands War 1982.
Glasgow leaving HMNB Portsmouth on tow to the breakers

Glasgow then returned to the South Atlantic after the end of the war (August 1982) on routine Atlantic Patrol South.

HMS Iron Duke (F234)

Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, and the third ship to bear the name.

Iron Duke intercepting a suspected smuggling vessel in the Caribbean.
Leaving Portsmouth post refit, July 2014. The new radar is very obvious.
Iron Duke in Cape Town, August 2014.
Iron Duke fires her naval gun in the South Atlantic Ocean in 2014.
Iron Duke (foreground) alongside and during the latter's first sea trials
HMS Iron Duke, Liverpool, 2017

In 2000, under the command of Commander Ben Key for Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South), Iron Duke was part of the Royal Navy task force—comprising, , , , and four RFA ships—that deployed to Sierra Leone during the civil war there.