12 Facts About Royal Navy

1. The Royal Navy contributes to the combined maritime forces in the Gulf in support of coalition operations.

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2. The Royal Navy is a key element of the British contribution to NATO, with a number of assets allocated to NATO tasks at any time.

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3. The other survey vessels of the Royal Navy are the two multi-role ships of the Echo-class, which came into service in 2002 and 2003.

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4. At the beginning of the 1990s, the Royal Navy had two classes of offshore patrol vessel, the Island-class, and the larger Castle-class.

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5. In 2015, the Royal Navy was deployed to the Mediterranean in the mission to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.

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6. The Royal Navy was to receive 12 Type 45 destroyers as a replacement for the older Type 42 class that was completely retired by 2013.

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7. At the beginning of the 1980s, the Royal Navy was a force focused on blue-water anti-submarine warfare.

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8. The Royal Navy had lost control of naval aviation when the Royal Naval Air Service was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force in 1918, but regained control of ship-board aircraft with the return of the Fleet Air Arm to Naval control in 1937.

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9. On 27 August 1896, the Royal Navy took part in the Anglo-Zanzibar War, which was the shortest war in history.

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10. The Royal Navy operates three bases in the United Kingdom where commissioned ships are based; Portsmouth, Clyde and Devonport, the last being the largest operational naval base in Western Europe.

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11. The total displacement of the Royal Navy is approximately 408,750 tonnes.

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12. The Royal Navy played a key part in establishing the British Empire as the unmatched world power during the 19th and first part of the 20th centuries.

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