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This is a list of active Royal Navy ships, complete and correct as of 12 February, 2010.

In total there are 87 commissioned ships in the navy, including 3 which are permanently stationed, plus one submarine and one destroyer which have been delivered to the navy but not formally commissioned yet. 23 of the commissioned vessels are major fleet escorts (6 guided missile destroyers and 17 frigates) and 11 are nuclear powered submarines (4 ballistic missile submarines and 7 attack submarines). In addition the Navy possesses 2 aircraft carriers (a third aircraft carrier is in reserve), 1 helicopter carrier, and 2 landing platform docks.

The 17 ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are not included in this list or above figures; additionally there are the minor vessels (tugs, etc) of the (now privatised) Marine Services.


Major Surface Combatants

Invincible-class aircraft carrier

Invincible-class aircraft carriers (2)

In reserve (1)

Daring class destroyer

Type 45 destroyer (2)

Type 42 destroyers (5)

Sheffield class batches 1 & 2 Type 42 destroyer
Manchester class batch 3 Type 42 destroyer

Type 23 frigates (13)

Duke class Type 23 frigate
Broadsword class Type 22 frigate

Type 22 frigates (4)

Amphibious Forces

Ocean class landing platform helicopter

In addition to these ships commissioned in the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary possesses four Bay class landing ship dock vessels.

Amphibious assault ship (LPH) (1)

Albion class landing platform dock

Albion-class landing platform docks (2)

Landing craft (128)

n.b. the following landing craft are not commissioned vessels in the Royal Navy and are operated by the Royal Marines.

Griffon 2000 TDX (4)
LCU MK9/10s (13)

Operated from Albion-class. Pennant numbers;

  • MK9-701, 705, and 709
  • MK10-1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007, 1008, 1009, 1010
LCVP MK4/5s (30)

Operated from Albion-class and HMS Ocean (L12).

  • MK4-(9)
  • MK5-(21)
ORCs, RICs and IRCs (81)

The Royal Marine Commandos operate large numbers of these types of craft, deploying them in amphibious and riverine operations.

  • RRC-(46)
  • RIC-(19)
  • IRC-(16)


Vanguard-class submarines (SSBNs) (4)

Astute-class submarine (SSNs) (1)

Trafalgar-class submarines (SSNs) (6)

Swiftsure-class submarines (SSNs) (1)

Mine Warfare Forces

Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (8)

Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels (8)

Patrol Vessels

Antarctic patrol ship (1)

River-class patrol vessels (4)

Fast Patrol Boats

Archer or P2000-class fast patrol boats (University Royal Naval Units) (14)

Scimitar-class fast patrol boats (Gibraltar Squadron) (2)

Archer or P2000-class fast patrol boats (Royal Navy Cyprus Squadron) (2)

Survey Vessels

Ocean survey vessel (1)

Coastal survey vessels (2)

Echo-class multi-purpose survey vessels (2)

Other ships in commission

Shore Establishments

See also: List of Royal Navy shore establishments

Naval bases

Air stations

Training establishments


Building/Planned/Fitting out

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth- Aircraft Carrier 'CVF'
  • HMS Prince of Wales- Aircraft Carrier 'CVF'
  • HMS Diamond- Type 45 Destroyer
  • HMS Dragon- Type 45 Destroyer
  • HMS Defender- Type 45 Destroyer
  • HMS Duncan- Type 45 Destroyer
  • HMS Ambush- Asute class SSN
  • HMS Artful- Asute class SSN

See also


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