Protecting the UK and promoting a Global Britain


Our UK Armed Forces have a long-standing world class reputation and continue to defend and deter danger against the British people, our interests and our allies. We have personnel stationed

around the world stopping terrorism, keeping sea lanes open and delivering humanitarian aid. The expertise and experience of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces allows them to operate in every domain on land, at sea, in the air, in space and in cyber space.

As one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the UK has particular responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. By maintaining a global presence in uncertain and testing times, the UK Armed Forces are a force for good on the world stage, providing constant stability and security and are above all, keeping Britain safe.

Royal Navy

The Royal Navy routinely patrols UK waters, ready to respond to terrorist, economical or international threats. Our Fishery Protection Squadron, Fleet Ready Escort and supporting tanker fleet with associated aviation and Royal Marines, all held at high readiness, remain poised, 24/7/365 to respond to all direct threats to the UK, and of course our submarine force is charged with operating the independent nuclear deterrent on behalf of the nation.


During the last year the British Army sent around 40,000 soldiers abroad, contributing to NATO through Enhanced Forward Presence or exercises such as Trident Juncture, as well as conducting signature high profile exercises with non-NATO partners such as Oman during SAIF SAREEA 3. Our commitment to countering violent extremism and stabilisation in Iraq and Afghanistan remains undiminished with over a thousand troops enduringly committed to those operations. At home, troops are also ready at longer notice to support the Civil Authorities in almost any way, including during unexpected natural events such as flooding.

Royal Air Force

Through their Quick Reaction Alert capability the RAF continuously has Typhoon fighter jets, refuelling tankers, helicopters and other aircraft ready to deter aggression or respond to terrorist attacks.

Find out about the Ministry of Defence’s priorities. Photo by Rian (Ree) Saunders, Wikimedia commons.


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