Overview of the Royal Navy

The Royal Navy is the United Kingdom's principal naval warfare force, they prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.

The Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

They are also involved when natural or man-made disasters occur, using their skills and equipment to respond to life threatening scenarios and helping to restore the country's infrastructure and resources.

There are over 30,000 serving men and women across the following disciplines, Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the Royal Marines Band Service, the Royal Naval Reserves or Royal Marines Reserves.


Life in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines isn't just a job, its a way of life - full of excitement, travel, camaraderie and career opportunities.

The different job roles are wide and diverse from engineers, aircraft controllers and air crewman to mine clearance divers, medical assistance and chefs.

Follow the link to the Role Finder to find out what qualifications you will need and if there is a role that interests you!

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Did You Know?
Whilst completing his Apache helicopter pilot training, Prince Harry was based at Wattisham.

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