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Bulwark joins Harry Potter star at international movie premiere

HMS Bulwark

12/03/2012

Sailors from HMS Bulwark joined Harry Potter star Rupert Grint at a movie premiere on the latest stage of the flagship’s winter deployment. The assault ship’s visit to Oslo coincided with the first showing of war film Into the White, with two dozen sailors and marines invited to the glittering occasion.

Capt Alex Burton shakes hands with actor Rupert Grint – better known as Ron Weasley from Harry Potter - as a new war film premieres in Norway.

The crew of HMS Bulwark visited Oslo’s Folketeateret (People’s Theatre) to see the multi-million-pound Second World War movie Into the White.

With Bulwark there on the latest stage of her Baltic deployment, her captain and a couple of dozen members of the assault ship’s company were invited to the red carpet.

The film brings a true story from the German invasion of Norway to the big screen, with Rupert playing the part of an RAF gunner and Downton Abbey actor Lachlan Nieboer playing a Royal Marines captain.

In April 1940 an RAF fighter was forced to crash land after downing a German bomber over central Norway between Trondheim and Bergen.

After initially taking pot shots at each other, the surviving crew on both sides were forced to take refuge from the elements in the same cabin.

The actors posed with the sailors and Royal Marines, donned caps, signed autographs and, in Rupert’s case, posed with Bulwark’s mascot, Prince Bishop bear.

Aside from the Oslo visit Bulwark has been busy as she gears up for Arctic exercises in northern Norway.

Having left Gdynia in Poland she’s visited Copenhagen, passed beneath the 1,600ft central span of the magnificent Øresund Bridge linking Denmark with Sweden and carried out useful training with the Swedish marines.

The latter are experts in the use of the CB90 fast combat boat (which is currently being assessed by the Royal Marines at Instow as part of future landing and assault craft requirements for the fleet) and met up with Bulwark off Gothenburg.

The Swedes showed off their 40-knot boats racing past the assault ship (top speed 18 knots) in a series of combat demonstrations, before slowing down to enter her dock.

In return, the Royal Marines showed off their small Zodiac raiders – small inflatable boats capable of carrying half a dozen commandos in combat kit at speeds up to 20 knots – and in particular its navigational aids.

Next stop the narrow, misty waters of Oslofjord and a berth in the shadow of one of the Norwegian capital’s landmarks, the medieval Akershus Fortress.

Whilst alongside the ship hosted an official reception. Capt Burton maintained tradition by calling on the fortress’ commandant and laid a wreath to Norway’s fallen at a nearby memorial.

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