HMS Albion to visit Indonesia 22-25 April

The British Royal Navy ship HMS Albion will be docked at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta for a three day visit, aimed to increase defence engagement with the Indonesian Armed Forces. During the visit, members of the ship crew will conduct bilateral talks with the Indonesian Navy, UK defence industry and visit a local orphanage. British Ambassador Moazzam Malik, said: We have a growing defence relationship with Indonesia that supports our joint security interests and promotes prosperity. The deployment of HMS Albion in Indonesia provides an opportunity to support our…

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Royal Navy ships fulfil international duty in Asia Pacific

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced today that HMS Albion has deployed to North East Asia to safeguard free trade, partake in joint training and exercises, and support UN sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Our Armed Forces are at the forefront of Global Britain, and the deployment of HMS Albion, Sutherland and Argyll demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our international responsibilities and to maintaining peace, security and prosperity in the region. Until North Korea matches its words with concrete actions,…

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HMS Albion training for global duties

The crew of Britain’s future flagship HMS Albion are half-way through all-action autumn training to prepare them for duties around the globe. Three weeks into her operational sea training off the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, HMS Albion has already sent Royal Marines ashore to ‘storm’ West Country beaches, patched up a mock community affected by natural disaster, and launched an attack on a Cornish fortress. This is the final hurdle the sailors and Royal Marines must overcome to prove they are ready for the potential real challenges ahead. The…

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Albion prepares for amphibious test after plaudits for her regeneration

The clouds do their best to obscure the harvest moon which casts its bright light on a docked-down HMS Albion as a large LCU Mk10 landing craft returns to ‘mother’, carrying the naval leaders of tomorrow for their first extended period at sea: six weeks aboard assault ship. As you read this, the future flagship (she assumes the title next year from Ocean), is beginning a month and a half of intensive amphibious training – her core business – as part of her Operational Sea Training (OST) package, after which…

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Future flagship Albion completes sea trials after £90m overhaul

The only way is up for Britain’s future flagship as she successfully completes her sea trials this week following a massive £90m revamp. HMS Albion is in the Channel preparing to flex her gunnery muscles as she re-masters the art of military operations after six years away from the front line. The Devonport-based assault ship completed initial sea trials in the late spring when machinery systems and sensors were tested. After summer leave for the 350 or so sailors and Royal Marines on board, trials resumed with the emphasis on…

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HMS Albion readies for sea

February 1, 2017 – The Royal Navy’s amphibious command ship HMS Albion has embarked her crew marking a major milestone in the ship’s multi-million pound capability upgrade in Plymouth. Almost 350 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines moved on-board for the first time in almost six years. The occasion was marked with an official handing over of the ship from Babcock to HMS Albion and the ship celebrated with the galley serving its traditional first fish and chips in HM Naval Base Devonport. The ship’s senior naval officer, Commander Stuart…

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