The Royal Navy (RN) is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service.
The Royal Navy is a blue-water navy and its ability to project power globally has been considered second only to the U.S. Navy. As a prominent blue-water navy it operates an array of ships including an aircraft carrier, a helicopter carrier, landing platform docks, ballistic missile submarines, nuclear fleet submarines, guided missile destroyers, frigates, mine counter-measures and patrol vessels and many, many more. The Royal Navy maintains the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons via its ballistic missile submarines.
The Royal Navy is part of the Naval Service, which also comprises the Royal Marines, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Marines Reserve. As of mid 2011, the Royal Navy numbered approximately 37,300 regulars. In addition, there were 19,600 regular reserves.
Take a look at the ships used in the Navy, to get a deeper grasp and in-depth knowledge of how they use the Navy as one of Britain’s greatest defence systems.
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