L14 HMS Albion

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L14 HMS Albion


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Flight Deck: AN
Call Sign: GDIU
See Also: CV Modified Centaur class R07


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History of UK L14 HMS Albion

1998-may-22Laid downBarrow-in-Furness Laid down at Barrow in a joint ceremony with RFA Wave Knight.
2003-jun-19HomeportHMNB Devonport
2004-may-13DeploymentUSNS 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-11DeploymentCIoff 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-1Port VisitPresent at International Festival of the Sea (Trafalgar 200), Portsmouth.
2006-oct-11DeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) conduct of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2008-novRefitentered dry dock at HMD Devonport for 10 month programme of extensive maintenance, completed Jul 2009
2010-apr-20Deployment Operation Cunningham Returned c 280 British civilians to UK, alongside 450 troops returning from combat service in Helmand Province.
2010-julDeployment 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-7DeploymentDeployed with RM battle group for NATO Exercise to Mediterranean but also in readiness for Contingency Missions during NATO ops against Libya
2011-oct-15Homeportentered HMNB Devonport for an expected 3 year period of extended readiness
2012-mar-23Refitentered period of extended readiness at HMNB Devonport, due to exit Dec 2014.
2013-oct-20alongside RM Tamar, at Devonport
2015Refitsurface 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-marRefitHMD Devonport CIWS Phalanx 20 mm Received 2 sets of Phalanx to replace Goalkeeper. Rejoined the Fleet after refit on 21 Jul.
2017-junTrialsbeginning sea trials following refits after a 5 year period in extended readiness
2018-febDeploymentdeparted 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 VisitIDTanjung Priok 3 day visit to Jakarta, in company with FS Dixmude and FS Surcouf. Departed 25 Apr.
2018-apr-28Port VisitBNMuara tied up in Brunei for 4 day visit, with Jungle training for the Royal Marines embarked Assault Squadron
2018-aug-3Port VisitJPHarumi Pier visited Tokyo for 5 days, for amphibious assault exercises with JSDF troops
2018-aug-31DeploymentConducted Freedom of Navigation (FONMOV) cruise in South China Sea near the Paracel Group islands, whilst en route to Viet Nam.
2018-sep-3Port VisitVNHo Chi Minh City Visit to Ho Chi Minh City, as part of Far East deployment
2018-octDeploymentOMPort 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-aprDeploymentJW19-1 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-oct-5DeploymentNorth 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-febDeploymentExercise Cold Response 2020 Returned to HMNB Devonport 26 Mar after NATO northern flank exercises.



    from 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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