Today the british armed forces consist of the royal navy a blue water navy with a fleet of 75 commissioned ships together with the royal marines a highly specialised amphibious light infantry force the british army the uks principal land warfare branch and the royal air force a technologically sophisticated air force with a diverse . The british armed forces officially called hm armed forces are the components that form the united kingdoms military its primary role is the defence of the united kingdom and all of its overseas territories crown dependencies in tandem with promoting and protecting the united kingdoms. The structure of the british army is broadly similar to that of the royal navy and royal air force in that the four star general equivalent field commands have been eliminated army headquarters is located in andover hampshire as the top level budget holder this organisation is responsible for providing forces at operational readiness for employment by the permanent joint headquarters. The british army is the land warfare branch of the british armed forcesthe english army founded in 1660 was succeeded in 1707 by the new british army incorporating the existing scottish regiments it was administered by the war office from london which was subsumed into the ministry of defence in 1964 the professional head of the british army is the chief of the general staff. The british army is the land warfare branch of her majestys armed forces in the united kingdom it came into being with the unification of the kingdoms of england and scotland into the kingdom of great britain in 1707
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