International partnerships

As an island nation, the UK relies on strong ties with its allies and trading partners around the globe. By defending the seaways that underpin the global economy and representing the UK at home and abroad, the Royal Navy plays a crucial role in strengthening those ties and ensuring the continued prosperity of our nation.

Key activities

International partnerships

Reassuring our allies 

The global trade on which Britain relies depends on the cooperation and goodwill of other nations. When tensions arise, we provide reassurance and help to contain situations before they develop.

Sharing expertise, resources and knowledge is key to a harmonious global economy. Sometimes we help and train our partners and allies; sometimes they help and train us. This kind of collaboration is central to strengthening the bonds between nations.

International partnerships

Building trust

With the UK maintaining a host of international diplomatic relationships, the Royal Navy needs to be a team player. Our allies and dependents look to us to promote stability in their region – and they, in turn, support the UK’s strategic goals.

British ships and units, including the Royal Marines, are committed to maritime security operations around the world. These operations focus on reassurance and wider regional engagement, with the ultimate aim of protecting the interests of the UK and its allies.

International partnerships

Global reach

The UK has allies and dependents all over the world, and the Royal Navy plays an essential part in maintaining those relationships. Deploying our forces globally means can be wherever we’re needed, as quickly as possible.

For instance, Exercise RIMPAC is a truly international endeavour, bringing together 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel from 22 nations in the seas around Honolulu, Hawaii. The exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between the participating nations and to promote stability in the wider region.

Meet the team...


My job allows me to provide reassurance to UK and commonwealth countries, while continuing with personal development.


I really enjoy making bonds with personnel from foreign militaries while on deployment. By working together, we can achieve things we'd never be able to do in isolation.

LET(CIS) Jackson,
LCIS

I am looking forward to sailing out to the Gulf with the crew and developing affiliations on the stops along the way, as well as continuing relations with our American partners once we arrive in Bahrain.

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Northern Europe and Baltic Sea

Exercise Baltops

Exercise Baltops is the largest multinational maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea, demonstrating the UK's continuing commitment to the collective security of NATO allies.

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South Atlantic

Atlantic Patrol Tasking

Ships and units on Atlantic Patrol Tasking provide ongoing protection and reassurance to British interests in the Atlantic, maintaining the continuous Royal Naval presence in the Atlantic. 

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Indian Ocean

Operation Atalanta

EU NAVFOR operates in an Area of Operations covering the Southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and a large part of the Indian Ocean, including the Seychelles, Mauritius and Comoros. The main purpose of Operation Atalanta is the deterrence and disruption of acts of piracy and armed robbery on the high seas. Warships apprehend suspected pirates following intelligence reports of pirate activity or sightings by merchant vessels and MPRAs.

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Mediterranean

Surveying the Ocean

Hydrographic ships work in a variety of sea areas to gather and process hydrographic and oceanographic data for planning and operational purposes. In addition this data will be dispatched to the UK Hydrographic Office for analysis and inclusion into navigational charts and other navigational safety publications. The ships also closely monitor other vessels whilst deployed and deterring any potential illegal activity.

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Norway

Cold Weather Training

Cold Weather Training is a multinational exercise hosted by the Norwegian Armed Forces. This training brings together the Royal Marines, assault ships and other Fleet assets, and the helicopters of the Fleet Air Arm.

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Arctic

Nato MCMV Force

The RN has always supplied an MCMV to one of the two NATO Mine Counter-Measures Squadrons. These are six-month deployments as part of the NATO Standing MCM Groups and will generally be around the coasts of Northern Europe or the Mediterranean depending upon the squadron in which the RN ship is working. 

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Hawaii

Rim of the Pacific

Twenty-two nations, 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating. Units from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States are involved.

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Mediterranean

Operation Rescyr

The Danish, Norwegian and British Task Group works alongside a Russian and Chinese Task Group to provide maritime force protection to the Danish and Norwegian merchant vessels tasked with transporting the chemical substances and weapons out of Syria for destruction.

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South Atlantic

Operation Gritrock

The UK armed forces played a pivotal role in delivering British support as they worked with the government of Sierra Leone to tackle the crisis. Using British expertise and local building contractors, the UK committed to support 700 new beds in Ebola treatment facilities. This package supported the country’s stretched public health services in containing the disease by helping up to nearly 8,800 patients over a 6-month period.

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Mediterranean

Operation Sophia

A European Union Naval Force operation to counter arms bound for Libya, in support of the UN arms embargo. 

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