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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