In a world of increasing international tension and uncertainty, the Royal Navy has been faced with new and unconventional threats, which must be considered in addition to regular peacekeeping tasks and other challenging operations across the globe. To effectively counter such threats, and to increase dramatically the operational capabilities of the service, a large-scale naval construction programme, the largest for a generation, is currently underway, with the aim of ensuring that the fleet is equipped with cutting-edge technology and equipment.To illuminate these new developments, Conway presents the revised and updated "Royal Navy Handbook", the official MoD guide to the Royal Navy of today and tomorrow, examining all aspects of the service, covering strategic forces, the submarine and surface fleets, naval aviation, the Royal Marines Commandos, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and support forces, Joint forces, naval bases and future procurement. It contains a wealth of information on every type of vessel, aircraft and weapons system in service, as well as detailing projects which are currently in the development and construction phases.Such significant technological advances include the STOVL variant of the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the two much-publicised Future Aircraft Carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales, the Astute class submarines (and their Spearfish and Tomahawk missile armament), RFA Bay Class Large Amphibious Landing Ships, and the Viking Amphibious Armoured Vehicle, now being used very effectively by Royal Marines Commando units deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Full specifications of vessels, aircraft and other equipment are presented, along with colour illustrations and plans showing the full extent of Royal Navy offensive, defensive and logistical forces in unprecedented detail. There are also key insights from serving members of the Royal Navy illuminating the practicalities and advantages of new, sophisticated ships, aircraft and weaponry. "The Royal Navy Handbook" is the complete work of reference for the professional and enthusiast alike.This is a fully updated and revised edition of one of Conway's most successful volumes in recent years. It is produced in exclusive collaboration with the Ministry of Defence. It also covers the much-vaunted new carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth & Prince of Wales.