Britain's Royal Navy is set to emerge as the most powerful Navy in Europe

UK's recently outlined plans to make Britain the leading center of power in all of Europe, starting with the Royal Navy.

As the division between the UK's different nations grows increasingly, he emphasized the Shipbuilding industry to bridge the difference between the four nations of the United Kingdom.

With hopes of spurring a renaissance in shipbuilding across the United Kingdom, the UK PM announced plans for 13 more frigates as well as committing to a new generation of warships.

Addressing the UK Parliament, he said, “If there was one policy which strengthens the UK in every possible sense, it is building more ships for the Royal Navy.”

From the mid 18th century, the Royal Navy was the world's most powerful navy. It was an unmatched power and played a key part in ascertaining order in the British Empire. It was exceeded by the United States Navy only during World War II.

As of the 21st century, the Royal Navy is primarily focused on expeditionary operations and stays as one of the world's main blue-water navies.

The UK defense budget is still the 5th largest in the world and the Royal Navy remains in the front rank of the world’s navies.


The Royal Navy maintains a fleet of technologically sophisticated ships, submarines, and aircraft, which includes:

  • 2 aircraft carriers- The Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers, including the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales
  • 2 amphibious transport docks
  • 4 ballistic missile submarines maintaining the UK's nuclear deterrent
  • 7 nuclear fleet submarines
  • 6 guided-missile destroyers
  • 13 frigates
  • 13 mine-countermeasure vessels
  • 23 patrol vessels
  • As of August 2020, there are 77 operational commissioned ships, that include submarines as well as one "static ship" in the Royal Navy. Additionally, there are 13 ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), besides five Merchant Navy ships available to the RFA under a private finance initiative.

    As Britain's naval numbers began dwindling after the Cold War, can Boris Johnson bring about the renaissance in shipbuilding that he promised? It's a move that should be closely watched by naval experts.

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