Note: The above figures include 7,000 Royal Marines but do not
include the approximate figure of 2,500 personnel from the Army attached
to 3 Commando Brigade.
Not included in the above figures are approximately 2,100 civilian
personnel manning support ships operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary
STRENGTH OVERVIEW (MID 2016)
4 x Nuclear Powered Ballistic Missile Firing (UK Strategic
7 x Nuclear Powered Attack
5 x Nuclear Powered Attack type.
MAJOR SURFACE VESSELS
4 x Amphibious Assault Ships.
2 x Aircraft Carriers. Planned to enter service from 2018.
DESTROYERS AND FRIGATES
6 x Destroyers.
13 x Frigates.
6 x Destroyers.
15 x Minehunters and Minesweepers.
4 x Ocean Survey Vessels.
1 x Antarctic Patrol Ship.
2 x Fast Patrol Vessels. Gibraltar Squadron.
16 x Patrol Craft.
FLEET SUPPORT SHIPS
(Manned by Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel. Supply
fuel, stores and ammunition at sea to fleet units).
2 x Fast Fleet Tankers.
2 x Small Fleet Tankers.
1 x Support Tanker.
3 x Replenishment Ships.
1 x Casualty Receiving Facility.
3 x Landing Ships.
NAVAL AIRCRAFT -
(FAF) - FORWARD AVAILABLE FLEET
21 x Merlin MK 1
Helicopters. Anti-submarine warfare
11 x Sea King MK 5. SAR and Utility
10 x Sea King Mk 7. Provides radar airborne early warning to fleet
4 x Lynx Mk 3. Training
25 x Lynx Mk 8. Anti-submarine warfare and missile armed for surface
12 x Hawk. Fixed Wing Trainer
4 King Air. (Training)
Note: Other Naval
Aircraft are assigned to the Joint Force Harrier (JFH) and the Joint
Helicopter Command (JHC).
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