Surface Fleet

From large assault ships to small patrol boats, the surface fleet forms the core of the Royal Navy; powerful and professionally handled warships have been successfully protecting our nation's interests from before the Battle of Trafalgar.

COMMANDER UK MARITIME FORCES Alex  Burton

Rank: Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral Alex Burton became Commander UK Maritime Forces in January 2016.

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Aircraft Carriers

The future flagships of the the nation

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HMS Queen Elizabeth

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HMS Prince of Wales

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Assault ships

Delivering Royal Marines and equipment ashore from the sea

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HMS Ocean (L12)

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HMS Bulwark (L15)

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HMS Albion (L14)

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Destroyers

Highly advanced and well-equipped for a variety of tasks

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HMS Daring (D32)

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HMS Dauntless (D33)

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HMS Diamond (D34)

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HMS Dragon (D35)

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HMS Defender (D36)

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HMS Duncan (D37)

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Diving

Specialist diving support and bomb disposal

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Northern Diving Group

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Southern Diving Group

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Fleet Diving Units 1, 2 & 3

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Frigates

Sophisticated warships suitable for a wide range of roles

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Type 23

HMS Argyll (F231)

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HMS Iron Duke (F234)

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HMS Kent (F78)

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HMS Lancaster (F229)

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HMS Monmouth (F235)

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HMS Montrose (F236)

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HMS Northumberland (F238)

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HMS Portland (F79)

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HMS Richmond (F239)

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HMS Somerset (F82)

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HMS St Albans (F83)

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HMS Sutherland (F81)

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HMS Westminster (F237)

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Type 26

HMS Glasgow

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Minehunters

Keeping the sea lanes clear of mines and hidden dangers

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Hunt Class

HMS Atherstone (M38)

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HMS Brocklesby (M33)

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HMS Cattistock (M31)

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HMS Chiddingfold (M37)

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HMS Hurworth (M39)

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HMS Ledbury (M30)

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HMS Middleton (M34)

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HMS Quorn (M41)

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Sandown Class

HMS Bangor (M109)

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HMS Blyth (M111)

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HMS Grimsby (M108)

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HMS Pembroke (M107)

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HMS Penzance (M106)

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HMS Ramsey (M110)

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HMS Shoreham (M112)

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Patrol

Safeguarding UK territorial waters and fishing stocks

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Archer class

HMS Archer (P264)

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HMS Biter (P270)

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HMS Blazer

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HMS Charger

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HMS Dasher

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HMS Example

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HMS Exploit

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HMS Explorer

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HMS Express

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HMS Puncher

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HMS Pursuer

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HMS Raider

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HMS Ranger

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HMS Smiter

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HMS Tracker

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HMS Trumpeter

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River class

HMS Clyde

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HMS Mersey

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HMS Severn

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HMS Tyne

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HMS Forth

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Scimitar class

HMS Sabre

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HMS Scimitar

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Survey

Supporting  operations by mapping and charting the oceans

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Antarctic patrol ship

HMS Protector

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Coastal survey ship

HMS Gleaner

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Echo Class

HMS Echo

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HMS Enterprise

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Ocean survey ship

HMS Scott

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Decommissioned

No longer in the Naval Service, but never forgotten

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HMS Illustrious

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HMS Edinburgh

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HMS Gloucester

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HMS Liverpool

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HMS Manchester

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RFA Orangeleaf

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HMS York

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