Brexit Britain leads way as Royal Navy takes command of major NATO force

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On January 1, the Royal Navy took command of NATO’s Response Force from the French Marine Nationale. Today (January 11) that change of command was formally acknowledged through a ceremony aboard HMS Prince of Wales at Portsmouth naval base. The aircraft carrier will serve as the command ship for the NATO international task group.

It will take part in exercises in the Arctic, Baltic and Mediterranean.

The multi-national force will be directed by the Command UK Strike Force – the most senior sea-going command in the Royal Navy.

They will be led by Rear Admiral Mike Utley.

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