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Royal Navy: Navy of the United Kingdom
The Royal Navy (RN) is the United Kingdom's naval warfare force. Although warships were used by the English kings from the early medieval period, the first major maritime engagements were fought in the Hundred Years' War against the Kingdom of France. The modern Royal Navy traces its origins to the early 16th century; the oldest of the UK's armed services, it is known as the Senior Service.


Watch: INS Viraat’s final journey to Gujarat, served Indian Navy for 29 years [Video]

Watch: INS Viraat’s final journey to Gujarat, served Indian Navy for 29 years

Indian Navy's decommissioned aircraft carrier Viraat on Saturday set sail for the last time, on way to Alang in Gujarat, where it will be broken down and sold as scrap. The aircraft carrier served the..

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Coronavirus: HMS Queen Elizabeth postpones sailing after crew members test positive [Video]

Coronavirus: HMS Queen Elizabeth postpones sailing after crew members test positive

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has postponed its sailing fromPortsmouth Naval Base after a number of crew tested positive for Covid-19. The£3 billion warship was set to leave..

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Raab announces £5m support package for Lebanon [Video]

Raab announces £5m support package for Lebanon

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced a support package for Lebanon including medical and humanitarian aid worth £5 million. UK search and rescue experts and use of a Royal Navy vessel in the..

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Migrant crossings ‘bad, stupid, dangerous and criminal thing to do', says Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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VE Day 2020: Norwegians to send thanks to liberation veteran

Kenneth Foster served on the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Viceroy and helped liberate the country.
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Coronavirus: HMS Queen Elizabeth's 800 crew tested for virus

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Coronavirus: Royal Navy submarine lockdown party captain sacked

Following an investigation the Royal Navy says Cmdr John Lewis of HMS Trenchant was relieved of command.
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Coronavirus: Lyme Bay divers fined after major rescue

A Royal Navy ship and two helicopters joined the search for a diver reported missing off Lyme Bay.
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Royal Navy monitoring 'unusually high levels of activity' by Russian warships in English Channel

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Royal Navy allows members of white nationalist group to remain in service

Exclusive: Men not disciplined over activism with pan-European Generation Identity group
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Teenager Alex says her father was out of her life for six years when he was in the Royal Navy.
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Tory government tells EU that Royal Navy will be sent in to protect UK waters from European fishing vessels

The government's fishing minister has warned the EU that the UK has taken "sufficient" steps to protect its waters after Brexit, as fears grow of a French blockade. The Royal Navy boasts three extra..
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Qasem Soleimani: Royal Navy to protect UK ships in Gulf

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UK navy to escort British shipping in Strait of Hormuz

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Iran threat hasn't gone away, says UK Navy head

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Falklands War veteran 'discharged from Royal Navy for being bisexual' to have medal returned

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Simon Parkes: Bone fragments found in missing Royal Navy man hunt

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False WhatsApp rumours about the Queen dying were result of Royal Navy drill

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Wreck of German cruiser discovered off Falkland Islands a century after being sunk by Royal Navy

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