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Continuing Operations Today

Action in Tsunami Relief Area
Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxillary personnel from HMS Chatham and RFA Diligence provide aid to locals
RFA Wave Ruler on a 'drugs bust'
HMS Gloucester Collects Over 500 Evacuees from Beirut

Although the transatlantic slave trade was over, slavery and the Royal Navy's efforts to suppress it continued in East Africa and the Indian Ocean into the 20th century.  This trade in humans is now commonly known as people trafficking.

The UK is a signatory to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea which prohibits the transport of slaves by sea.

Today, the Royal Navy supports the full compliance of the Convention’s requirements.  Working closely with other UK government agencies and international partners, it still operates worldwide to give humanitarian aid, deter piracy, intercept illegal narcotics and prevent people trafficking wherever it is encountered. 

In the summer of 2006, HMS Illustrious tracked and ensured the safe passage of a dhow containing 758 people being sent back from Oman to Pakistan.

See the following RN videos

Lebanon Evacuation July 2006

Type 23 Drugs Busting in the Caribbean