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L15 HMS Bulwark

UK Royal Navy

L15 HMS Bulwark

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


History of UK HMS Bulwark L15

2000-jan-27Laid downLaid down
2001-nov-15LaunchedLaunched at Barrow-in-Furness
2005-apr-28HomeportHomeport HMNB Devonport
2005-jul-01Port VisitPort Visit Present at International Festival of the Sea (Trafalgar 200), Portsmouth.
2006-julDeploymentDeployment LB off 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-09Port VisitPort Visit arrived in Liverpool for 4 day visit
2008-oct-04DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2008-nov-29Port VisitPort Visit Amsterdam Netherlands
2009-sep-05HomeportHomeport HMD Devonport Navy Days 2009 present for Navy Days 2009, with 846 NAS Sea King HC.4 ZB507/F aboard
2010-mayRefitRefit by 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 VisitPort Visit Greenwich Reach visit to London for 5 days. Moored at Greenwich Ship Tier on the River Thames.
2011-jul-22Port VisitPort Visit anchored in Torbay for a 3 day visit to Torquay, with Ship Open to Visitors on 24 Jul.
2011-sep-22Port VisitPort Visit attended the 2011 PSP Boat Show at Southampton
2011-oct-25DeploymentDeployment 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 VisitPort Visit visited Hamburg for 4 days, departing 13 Feb
2012-feb-17Port VisitPort Visit visited Gydnia, Poland after two days exercising with Polish Navy in the Baltic.
2012-jul-16DeploymentDeployment Portland 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-octDeploymentDeployment departed 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-05Port VisitPort Visit NL Rotterdam Harbour Wilhelminapier 5-9 may visit Rotterdam
2013-may-23Port VisitPort Visit Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary to Alexandra Dock, Liverpool for BOA70 commemorations.
2013-aug-12DeploymentDeployment 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 VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta arrived in Valetta for 5 day visit
2014-mar-31DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
2014-may-28Port VisitPort Visit Greenwich Reach visit to London for celebration of 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines. Moored at Greenwich Ship Tier on the River Thames.
2014-jun-05DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth with HMS Richmond and smaller ships for Gold Beach and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemorations
2014-augDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for Cougar 14 deployment and operations in Middle East. Returned on 16 Dec.
2014-sepDeploymentDeployment AL Kepi i Pallit Exercise Albanian Lion In company with RFA Lyme Bay, launched pre-dawn practice assault on beaches near Rinia
2014-sep-02DeploymentDeployment GI Gibraltar 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-07DeploymentDeployment IMCMEX 2014 International Mine Counter Measures Exercise 2014 diverted from Cougar 14 deployment to lead the multi-national exercise.
2014-dec-17RefitRefit alongside maintenance at Devonport, until Feb 2015
2015-mar-17DeploymentDeployment Exercise 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 VisitPort Visit GR Piraeus visited Piraeus, en route to Gallipoli centenary commemorations
2015-apr-21Port VisitPort Visit TR Canakkale Port to Canakkale to participate in centenary of Gallipoli celebrations. Departed 26 Apr.
2015-apr-30AircraftAircraft off Libya Operation Weald received a detachment of 3 Merlin HM.2 from 814 NAS for Mediterranean operations, until Jul.
2015-may-04DeploymentDeployment off 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-29NEWSCentral Mediterranean HMS Bulwark Rescues Migrants in the Mediterranean
2015-oct-01DeploymentDeployment Cougar 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-10NEWSUKRAF Leeming UK-French Griffin Strike Amphibious Exercise
2016-may-06Port VisitPort Visit Cruise Terminal weekend visit to Liverpool
2016-may-30Port VisitPort Visit Hatston Pier Jutland 100 alongside Kirkwall, for Battle of Jutland commemorations
2016-jun-06Port VisitPort Visit Greenwich Reach Greenwich visited London for 4 days, following Jutland 100 commemorations. Departed 9 Jun.
2016-jul-20Port VisitPort Visit Sunderland Intl Airshow visit to Sunderland for International Airshow and Amphibious Assault capabilty demonstration on Seaburn beach, over the weekend
2016-sep-19DeploymentDeployment JEFM2016 Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) 2016 departed HMNB Devonport for 6 month Middle East Task Group deployment. Returned after 3 months.
2016-decHomeportHomeport HMD Devonport Low Readiness Held at Low Readiness at Devonport

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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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