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L14 HMS Albion

UK Royal Navy

L14 HMS Albion

IMO: 9160592
MMSI: 234612000
Flight Deck: AN
Call Sign: GDIU
Shipyard: BAE Systems (Vickers)
See Also: CV Modified Centaur class R07


History of UK HMS Albion L14

1998-may-22Laid downLaid down Barrow-in-Furness Laid down at Barrow in a joint ceremony with RFA Wave Knight.
2003-jun-19HomeportHomeport HMNB Devonport
2004-may-13DeploymentDeployment US NS Norfolk departed HMNB Devonport for her maiden deployment, in company with HMS Ocean as part of an Amphibious Task Group, for exercises with US Navy. Arrived Norfolk, VA on 28 May.
2004-nov-11DeploymentDeployment CI off Abidjan Ivory Coast Operation Phillis ordered to Cote d Ivoire to support evacuation of British and other nationals (largely by RAF C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster) to Accra, Ghana.
2005-jul-01Port VisitPort Visit Present at International Festival of the Sea (Trafalgar 200), Portsmouth.
2006-oct-11DeploymentDeployment SL Freetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) conduct of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2008-novRefitRefit entered dry dock at HMD Devonport for 10 month programme of extensive maintenance, completed Jul 2009
2009-sep-05Port VisitPort Visit HMD Devonport Navy Days 2009 present at Plymouth Navy Days 2009.
2010-apr-20DeploymentDeployment ES Santander Port Ash Dash Operation Cunningham Returned c 280 British civilians to UK, alongside 450 troops returning from combat service in Helmand Province.
2010-julDeploymentDeployment Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in the Amphibious component of Ex Auriga, with USS Kearsarge. HMS Ocean and RFA Largs Bay, until Aug 2010.
2011-apr-07DeploymentDeployment Deployed with RM battle group for NATO Exercise to Mediterranean but also in readiness for Contingency Missions during NATO ops against Libya
2011-oct-15HomeportHomeport entered HMNB Devonport for an expected 3 year period of extended readiness
2012-mar-23RefitRefit entered period of extended readiness at HMNB Devonport, due to exit Dec 2014.
2013-oct-20 alongside RM Tamar, at Devonport
2015RefitRefit surface and low level air search radar Type 997 refit at Babcock, Devonport to bring ship out of extended readiness, includes Type 997 radar, addtion of Phalanx CIWS, improvements to propulsion and fire detection systems.
2017-marRefitRefit HMD Devonport CIWS Phalanx 20 mm Received 2 sets of Phalanx to replace Goalkeeper. Rejoined the Fleet after refit on 21 Jul.
2017-junTrialsTrials beginning sea trials following refits after a 5 year period in extended readiness
2018-febDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport on a 10 month Indian Ocean, Far East and Persian Gulf deployment. Returned to Devonport 16 Wharf on 23 Nov.
2018-apr-22Port VisitPort Visit ID Tanjung Priok 3 day visit to Jakarta, in company with FS Dixmude and FS Surcouf. Departed 25 Apr.
2018-apr-28Port VisitPort Visit BN Muara tied up in Brunei for 4 day visit, with Jungle training for the Royal Marines embarked Assault Squadron
2018-aug-03Port VisitPort Visit JP Harumi Pier visited Tokyo for 5 days, for amphibious assault exercises with JSDF troops
2018-aug-31DeploymentDeployment Conducted Freedom of Navigation (FONMOV) cruise in South China Sea near the Paracel Group islands, whilst en route to Viet Nam.
2018-sep-03Port VisitPort Visit VN Ho Chi Minh City Visit to Ho Chi Minh City, as part of Far East deployment
2018-octDeploymentDeployment OM Port of Duqm Exercise Saif Sareea 3 UK Flagship for Amphibious Task Group in Joint UK-Omani Ex SS3.
2018-oct-28NEWS Royal Navy Exercise Saif Sareea 3 off Oman
2019-aprDeploymentDeployment JW19-1 Exercise Joint Warrior 19-1 Amphibious Task Group flagship for JW19-1, with escorts HMS Defender and HMS Kent and support ships RFA Lyme Bay and RFA Tiderace.
2019-jun-09DeploymentDeployment BALTOPS 19 participated in NATO Baltic exercise during mid Jun.
2019-oct-05DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches JW19-2 Exercise Joint Warrior 19-2 Participated in JW19-2 as Flagship. Also working with CJEF in Ex Griffin Strike, part of JW19-2.
2020-febDeploymentDeployment Exercise Cold Response 2020 Returned to HMNB Devonport 26 Mar after NATO northern flank exercises.
2020-sep-15DeploymentDeployment LRG(X) Flagship for Littoral Response Group (Experimental) deployment with RFA Lyme Bay and HMS Dragon for exercises across Mediterranean, North Africa and Black Sea. Returned to Devonport 4 Dec.
2020-sep-28Port VisitPort Visit TN Tunis Harbour one day visit to Tunis
2021-sep-11Port VisitPort Visit Greenwich Reach LISW 2021 visiting Greenwich Ship Tier for London International Shipping Week
2022-sep-28Port VisitPort Visit LY Tripoli harbour arrived in Tripoli for visit.
2023-marDeploymentDeployment departed Devonport for 4 month mission to the Baltic, returned 27 Jul.

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Albion class
18500full load (tn)
176length (m)
28.90beam (m)
7.10draught (m)
7000range (nm)
18max speed (knots)

2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Close-In Weapon System Goalkeeper

2Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1007
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996

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