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Royal Navy and Royal Marines

Royal Navy


Joining the Royal Navy isn’t just a career. It’s a lifestyle. It might not be for everyone, but if it’s for you, you’ll enjoy unique benefits that only life in the military can offer.

You can find out more about what people like you, all over the world, call their day job, and get more information about what a career in the Royal Navy could mean for you. From the amazing things you’ll do, and the vital duties you’ll perform, to having a family while you serve.


A job in the Royal Navy means adventure, camaraderie – and lifelong prospects. Every day you make a difference. And no two days are the same. You could be policing the world's oceans, delivering humanitarian aid when natural or man-made disasters strike. Or you could be deployed in combat. No matter what job you do, you'll be a key part in operations around the world. Are you ready to go places?

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Royal Marines


The Royal Marines are the UK's Commando Force and the Royal Navy's own amphibious troops. They are an elite fighting force, optimised for worldwide rapid response and are able to deal with a wide spectrum of threats and security challenges.

Fully integrated with the Royal Navy's amphibious ships, they can be deployed globally without host nation support and projected from the sea to conduct operations on land.

A key component of the Royal Navy's maritime security function, they provide a unique capability and are experts in ship-to-ship operations.

The Massed Bands of HM Royal Marines


The Royal Marines Band Service is the musical wing of the Royal Navy and independent element of the Royal Marines.

Watch a repeat broadcast of the 2016 ceremony, at Horse Guards Parade in London - held aid of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Featuring the Massed Bands of HM Royal Marines, 14 piece fanfare team and a dazzling display from the Massed Corps of Drums; HRH Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, was the VIP Guest of Honour.

Enjoy another opportunity to watch this military musical spectacular in the heart of London.

HMS Drake Royal Naval Volunteer Band


Our Volunteer Band effectively formed in the late 1970s when a small group of Engineers started playing for weekly prayers at the Royal Naval Engineering College (RNEC) at Manadon, Plymouth.  The band thrived and not long after, a Royal Marines Bandsman was appointed as their full time conductor and instructor (Volunteer Band Instructor (VBI)) with the band becoming one of a number of recognised “Volunteer Bands” within the Royal Navy.  


These bands are located mainly in shore establishments but have included smaller groups on the larger ships of which one, the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is expected to soon see a band formed.  With the closure of RNEC Manadon in 1995, its band moved to HMS Drake where it became the Devonport Naval Base Volunteer Band and where, 25 years later, it continues as such today.

Royal Naval Reserves


For most people, the demands of a job and family life are challenging enough. However, some have ambitions that go beyond the everyday. You may be one of them. If so, you can learn new skills and contribute to vital operations in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR). And if that’s not tough enough for you, there’s the Royal Marines Reserve, where you could become one of our most elite soldiers, and wear the green beret to prove it.

There’ll be times when you need real determination and motivation to balance your home, work and reservist commitments. In return, we’ll give you the opportunity to see places and do things most people only dream of, with some of the best friends you’ll ever make.


Looking to the future


Technology is moving faster than at any point in history - warfare has the potential to be impacted and the Royal Navy needs to a leading force on the latest technological advances.

Along with the Royal Marines and other fighting arms, it must exploit new technologies first to gain the war-winning advantage.

Using the latest equipment and embracing innovation will ensure the navy is more available, sustainable and lethal. It will use digital and autonomous technology to create an adaptive and agile culture.

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