HMS Albion is beginning a month and a half of training as part of her Operational Sea Training package.
Ship’s staff moved back on-board Albion at the end of January 2017.
Commodore Rob Bellfield, Commodore of Devonport Flotilla said:
“With a strong command lead and an extremely enthusiastic and engaging ships company, the ship is immaculate which is indicative of the ship’s company’s collective pride.”
Two Dutch landing craft have joined the ship as part of long-standing partnership with the Netherlands’ Korps Mariniers.
According to a press release:
“Albion took part in the regular Thursday War off Plymouth, including some damage control training; bomb disposal experts from Plymouth’s Southern Diving Unit scoured the assault ship from keel to main mast as part of a terrorist homemade bomb training exercise; five female sailors dined on Victory with counterparts past and present to mark the 100 anniversary of the WRNS forming; Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue teams practiced evacuating casualties from the 19,500-tonne vessel; helped Falmouth Coastguard save a yachtsman in distress.”
In October 2017, the BBC’s Newsnight reported that the Ministry of Defence was considering decommissioning Albion and Bulwark, as part of a package of cost-cutting measures intended to mitigate the expense of the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers. This has not been confirmed.