This weeks visitor to Liverpool is the Royal Navy's Landing Platform Dock, HMS Albion. She is designed as an amphibious warfare ship, Albion carries troops, normally Royal Marines, and vehicles up to the size of the Challenger 2 main battle tank. She can deploy these forces using four Landing Craft Utility (LCUs) and four Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel (LCVPs). A flight deck supports helicopter operations.
With the withdrawal of HMS Ark Royal the Albion bencame the Royal Navy's flagship. This honour will be passed back to HMS Illustrious, now re-configured as a Helicopter Carrier, and HMS Albion will be put into a state of "Extended Readiness", which I believe means being mothballed.
Further images from her arrival may be seen here on my Flickr site.
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