HMS Albion has been testing her versatility in the harsh Arctic environment of northern Norway’s fjords, say the Royal Navy.
The Royal Navy’s flagship is currently off the Norwegian coastline, deep inside the Arctic Circle, and has carried commandos plus specialist vehicles and equipment ahead of amphibious landings as part of demanding winter exercises, say the Royal Navy.
“She has embarked Royal Marines conducting shore raids, loaded Vikings onto her vehicle deck and invited trial teams on board to test the latest drone technology as part of Future Commando Force experimentation.”
“After a brief stop in Stavanger, where she gathered with Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland, survey ship HMS Echo, and Dutch ship HNLMS Johan de Witt, HMS Albion sailed north where temperatures can reach -30C. In the freezing conditions, the amphibious transport warship embarked Royal Marines of 45 Commando to undertake wader training – drills that ensure forces can move from the ship to shore rapidly using landing craft or helicopters.”
The Royal Navy say that her expansive loading dock means she can take on board a variety of vehicles and equipment needed by commandos to operate in the region.