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The First Sea Lord
Admiral Tony Radakin CB ADC
“Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK and our overseas territories
Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK and our overseas territories, and that trade passes through increasingly sensitive and
contested areas of the world. Recent events, including in the Middle East, have shown just how important
the Royal Navy remains in protecting the UK’s vital trade links and helping to ensure freedom of navigation along the world’s shipping routes. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Royal Navy is deployed at sea, working in partnership with allies and other Government departments and providing value for money and  exibility to military and political leaders.
At sea, our efforts include maritime security operations around global chokepoints, counter- smuggling and counter-piracy, humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations and maintaining our nation’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent. Elsewhere, the Fleet
Air Arm and Royal Marines maintain around the clock maritime interdiction response capability, both at home and around the world.
All of these operations are underpinned by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, delivering global logistics support. London International Shipping Week provides the perfect opportunity to further strengthen the existing close relationships between the Naval Service and the wider maritime industry and promote understanding of the role that we play in protecting maritime trade worldwide.
I am delighted that RFA Lyme Bay will support the week and host a number of events with our Government and industry partners. I wish all of you a successful and enjoyable week. l
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