HMS Albion took part in a two-week exercise off the Cornish and Devon coast, say the Royal Navy.
HMS Albion, Royal Marines from Lead Commando Group, helicopters from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, RFA Lyme Bay, landing craft from 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM) and Albion’s own 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines battled rough seas and strong winds to perfect their amphibious skills according to a release.
Captain Peter Laughton, Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, said:
“Returning Albion to sea after a prolonged period alongside for maintenance and leave has required a massive effort from the A-Team and they have performed brilliantly. South West Sword has been a huge success despite the unrelenting Atlantic lows that have battered the south coast.
Embarking the Joint Staffs, led by COMATG and Brigade Commander, has brought into sharp focus the primary role of Albion, and as Fleet Flagship we are looking forward to flexing our amphibious muscles over the coming year.”
The assault ship was joined by Commander of the Amphibious Task Group (COMATG) Commodore James Parkin and Commander of 3 Commando Brigade Brigadier Matt Jackson for Exercise South West Sword.