In an extraordinary response to the ongoing issues with Scotland’s CalMac ferry fleet, the Ministry of Defence has announced that the Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark will be temporarily repurposed for ferry duties.

This unconventional solution aims to ease the pressure on Scotland’s transport network, ensuring that essential services continue to run smoothly and island communities stay connected.

The CalMac ferry fleet, responsible for maintaining vital links between the Scottish mainland and its numerous island communities, has been plagued by a series of technical issues and maintenance delays. These challenges have resulted in cancellations and disruptions, leaving many island residents feeling stranded and frustrated.

The Ministry of Defence has stepped in to offer the services of the Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark, an Albion-class landing platform dock. With a large capacity for passengers, vehicles, and cargo, Bulwark is well-suited to support the beleaguered CalMac fleet, providing a temporary solution while the affected vessels undergo repairs and maintenance.

The decision to deploy HMS Bulwark has been met with mixed reactions. Some have praised the move as a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to supporting Scotland during challenging times, while others argue that the use of a military vessel for civilian purposes is an inappropriate allocation of resources.

Scottish officials have welcomed the assistance, emphasising that the temporary deployment of HMS Bulwark will ensure that essential services can continue to operate, providing a lifeline to island communities who depend on regular ferry connections.


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The purpose of this article, aside from our usual April Fool’s Day joke, is to make the point that reading beyond the headline should be the norm every day, not just on the 1st of April. There’s a large volume of misinformation online. Make sure you don’t add to it by sharing articles without reading them. Finally, be careful of the person sharing this article after the 1st of April as they very clearly don’t read what they share.

Avril isn't real but good on you for digging into the source for this April Fools Day article.
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Mr Bell
Mr Bell
2 days ago

Love it.
Great article detailing precisely what is needed to support the Scottish ferry service.
Written on today of all days by Avril Fuller, the newly renowned guest writer for UKDJ.
Bravo Avril Fuller

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
2 days ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

If Bulwark was operational and had a full crew she might be pressed into Cal Mac service…..

IRL it would be cheaper to contract a commercial ferry.

More likely to be in service than Glen Bollox or whatever she is called that Cal Mac are messing up at a cost of millions.

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 days ago

She’s going have to Armed with NSM 😀

Crabfat
Crabfat
2 days ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Er… only FFBNW surely!

Drew
Drew
2 days ago

Not funny

Andrew Munro
Andrew Munro
2 days ago

It may be a joke but what a good idea

EnglishElectricLightning
EnglishElectricLightning
2 days ago

A few good Funnies on here, today – Congratulations!🫡
I only the one about a third carrier were true… plus the additional subs, escorts and supports that would require – ah well!

Erich W
Erich W
2 days ago

This story was a lot less sad last year when we actually had an LPD available and had the ability to repurpose it if so desired