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  • L15 HMS Bulwark

    UK Royal Navy

    2005 to present    

    L15 HMS Bulwark


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    IMO: 9160607
    MMSI: 234613000
    Flight Deck: BK
    Call Sign: GDIV
    Shipyard: BAE Systems (Vickers)
    See Also: CV Modified Centaur class R08


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    History of UK L15 HMS Bulwark

    2000-jan-27Laid down
    2001-nov-15Launchedat Barrow-in-Furness
    2005-apr-28HomeportHMNB Devonport
    2005-jul-1Port VisitPresent at International Festival of the Sea (Trafalgar 200), Portsmouth.
    2006-julDeploymentLBoff Lebanon Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuation of British nationals from Beirut, including over 1300 in one day, during first use of two Chinook operations.
    2008-may-9Port Visitarrived in Liverpool for 4 day visit
    2008-oct-4DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
    2008-nov-29Port VisitAmsterdam Netherlands
    2009-sep-5HomeportHMD Devonport Navy Days 2009 present for Navy Days 2009, with 846 NAS Sea King HC.4 ZB507/F aboard
    2010-mayRefitby Babcock Marine for 8 months at HMD Devonport which included engine improvements, better night vision capabilities and an IT system upgrade, together with allowing her to operate two Chinooks simultaneously, following the lessons learned from Operation Highbrow. Refit completed mid Jan 2011.
    2011-mar-16Port VisitGreenwich Reach visit to London for 5 days. Moored at Greenwich Ship Tier on the River Thames.
    2011-jul-22Port Visitanchored in Torbay for a 3 day visit to Torquay, with Ship Open to Visitors on 24 Jul.
    2011-sep-22Port Visitattended the 2011 PSP Boat Show at Southampton
    2011-oct-25Deployment Staff College Sea Days 2011 launched a demonstration Royal Marine assault onto Browndown Beach near Gosport, Hampshire. Supported by RFA Mounts Bay.
    2012-feb-10Port Visitvisited Hamburg for 4 days, departing 13 Feb
    2012-feb-17Port Visitvisited Gydnia, Poland after two days exercising with Polish Navy in the Baltic.
    2012-jul-16DeploymentPortland Harbour departed HMNB Devonport to take up station off Weymouth (arrived 24 Jul, with 814 NAS aboard) as a logistics hub in support of Police maritime security operations for the London 2012 Olympic sailing events. Supported by RFA Mounts Bay.
    2012-octDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 3 month Cougar 12 deployment in the Mediterranean, with a detachment of Lynx from 659 Sq AAC, supporting flagship, HMS Illustrious.
    2013-may-5Port VisitNLRotterdam Harbour Wilhelminapier 5-9 may visit Rotterdam
    2013-may-23Port Visit Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary to Alexandra Dock, Liverpool for BOA70 commemorations.
    2013-aug-12Deployment Cougar 13 departed HMNB Devonport for Gulf, Red Sea and Horn of Africa as Flagship for Exercise Cougar 13. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 13 Dec.
    2013-nov-28Port VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta arrived in Valetta for 5 day visit
    2014-mar-31DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
    2014-may-28Port VisitGreenwich Reach visit to London for celebration of 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines. Moored at Greenwich Ship Tier on the River Thames.
    2014-jun-5Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth with HMS Richmond and smaller ships for Gold Beach and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemorations
    2014-augDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for Cougar 14 deployment and operations in Middle East. Returned on 16 Dec.
    2014-sepDeploymentALKepi i Pallit Exercise Albanian Lion In company with RFA Lyme Bay, launched pre-dawn practice assault on beaches near Rinia
    2014-sep-2DeploymentGIGibraltar Harbour Cougar 14 arrived in Gibraltar for Cougar 14 deployment, in company with RFA Lyme Bay and RFA Wave Knight. Departed 10 Dec 2014.
    2014-nov-7DeploymentIMCMEX 2014 International Mine Counter Measures Exercise 2014 diverted from Cougar 14 deployment to lead the multi-national exercise.
    2014-dec-17Refitalongside maintenance at Devonport, until Feb 2015
    2015-mar-17DeploymentExercise Browndown Battle II Staff College Sea Days 2015 participated in Sea Days 2015, launching 40 Commando RM and supporting units, in an assault on Browndown Beach
    2015-apr-19Port VisitGRPiraeus visited Piraeus, en route to Gallipoli centenary commemorations
    2015-apr-21Port VisitTRCanakkale Port to Canakkale to participate in centenary of Gallipoli celebrations. Departed 26 Apr.
    2015-apr-30Aircraftoff Libya Operation Weald received a detachment of 3 Merlin HM.2 from 814 NAS for Mediterranean operations, until Jul.
    2015-may-4Deploymentoff Libya Operation Weald deployed for humanitarian SAR operations in the Mediterranean. Relieved on station by HMS Enterprise on 3 Jul.
    2015-may-27NEWS HMS Ocean to Assume Fleet Flagship Role
    2015-may-29NEWS Central Mediterranean HMS Bulwark Rescues Migrants in the Mediterranean
    2015-oct-1DeploymentCougar 15 Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 departed HMNB Devonport for 4 month Mediterranean deployment on multi-national Exercise Cougar 15, which included participation in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 7 Dec 2015.
    2016-apr-10NEWS UKRAF Leeming UK-French Griffin Strike Amphibious Exercise
    2016-may-6Port VisitCruise Terminal weekend visit to Liverpool
    2016-may-30Port VisitHatston Pier Jutland 100 alongside Kirkwall, for Battle of Jutland commemorations
    2016-jun-6Port VisitGreenwich Reach Greenwich visited London for 4 days, following Jutland 100 commemorations. Departed 9 Jun.
    2016-jul-20Port VisitSunderland Intl Airshow visit to Sunderland for International Airshow and Amphibious Assault capabilty demonstration on Seaburn beach, over the weekend
    2016-sep-19DeploymentJEFM2016 Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) 2016 departed HMNB Devonport for 6 month Middle East Task Group deployment. Returned after 3 months.
    2016-decHomeportHMD Devonport Low Readiness Held at Low Readiness at Devonport



        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



        Typical Max
    Landing platform only. No hangar
    UK Royal Air Force B 414 - H-47D Chinook 02
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King HC.4 02
    UK Royal Navy AW EH101 02

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK BAE Systems (Vickers),

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