Our primary role at home is to defend UK airspace. We do this through reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, surveillance, and cutting-edge technology that enables rapid responses.
Equally important is the work we do in communities across the UK and beyond. We’re actively involved in raising money for a range of charities, hosting youth leadership courses, getting our hands dirty to protect the environment, helping sea turtles threatened with extinction, and taking part in community projects. This is in addition to the world-famous aerobatics displays and ceremonial events that form an integral part of life in the RAF.
We may be a fighting force that provides flexible and specialised air power, but our role abroad includes more than that.
In trouble spots around the globe, we help police the skies and support peacekeeping and reconstruction initiatives. We do this through temporary deployments overseas and permanent commitments like our base in the Falkland Islands where Eurofighter Typhoons, Sea King helicopters, a Hercules transport aircraft and RAF personnel are based to maintain stability in the region.
It’s not always about our interests though. We provide humanitarian aid to victims of war and natural disasters, deliver life-saving shelters and food supplies, and even airlift people to safety. Our RAF personnel have worked tirelessly in disaster zones like the tsunami in Indonesia and earthquake in Pakistan. Whether they’re preventing a civil war, providing relief and aid to countries that need it most or thwarting terrorist actions, being a force for good is what our work is really about.