The Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force’s role, in conjunction with the Defence organisations, is to deliver the UK Defence Vision:
Defend the UK and its interests.
Strengthen international peace and stability.
Be a force for good in the world.
The Royal Air Force achieves this aim by working together on their core task to produce battle-winning people and equipment. The Royal Air Force builds upon the successes of their past and on the characteristics that make air power essential across the full spectrum of operations in order to contribute to the Defence Vision. The RAFs people lie at the heart of this capability. They rely upon their professionalism, dedication and courage and trains them well to enable them to leverage the potential of technology to achieve our vision of an "Agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the UK Defence Mission." (Quote from OC 22 Training Group, RAF)
During the Cold War, the main role of the RAF was the defence of the continent of Europe against potential attack by the Soviet Union, including holding the UK's nuclear deterrent for a number of years. After the Cold War, the RAF was involved in several large scale operations, including the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, the War in Afghanistan, the Iraq War. The RAF continues to operate worldwide from logistical operations supporting British, NATO and United Nations forces to humanitarian disaster relief supply missions and combat air patrols areas vital to Britain's National Security and commitments to NATO and UN Peacekeeping duties.
see more at http://www.raf.mod.uk/