The Royal Navy (RN) is the United Kingdom's naval warfare force. It plays a major role in James Bond lore; notably as a supplier of personnel for the Secret Intelligence Service's covert '00 Section'. Prominent alumni include Commander James Bond (R.N.V.R.), and his superior, Admiral Sir Miles Messervy.
The Royal Navy is part of Her Majesty's Naval Service, which also includes the Royal Marines. The professional head of the Naval Service is the First Sea Lord who is an admiral and member of the Defence Council of the United Kingdom. The Defence Council delegates management of the Naval Service to the Admiralty Board, chaired by the Secretary of State for Defence. 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.
During the Cold War, the Royal Navy transformed into a primarily anti-submarine force, hunting for Soviet submarines. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, its focus has returned to expeditionary operations around the world and remains one of the world's foremost blue-water navies.
- Hyde-Price, European Security, pp. 105–106.
- The Royal Navy: Britain’s Trident for a Global Agenda. Henry Jackson Society (4 November 2006). Retrieved on 4 November 2006. “Britannia, with her shield and trident, is the very symbol, not only of the Royal Navy, but also of British global power. In the last instance, the Royal Navy is the United Kingdom's greatest strategic asset and instrument. As the only other 'blue-water' navy other than those of France and the United States, its ballistic missile submarines carry the nation's nuclear deterrent and its aircraft carriers and escorting naval squadrons supply London with a deep oceanic power projection capability, which enables Britain to maintain a 'forward presence' globally, and the ability to influence events tactically throughout the world.”
- (2007) The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-first Century. United States: Rowman & Littlefield, 286. ISBN 0742533336. “...the United States and the United Kingdom have the world's two best world-spanning blue-water navies... with the French being the only other candidate... and China being the most likely competitor in the long term”
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