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        Assault Ships

        The four ships which form the core of the Royal Navy’s amphibious fleet are helicopter carriers HMS Illustrious and Ocean and assault ships HMS Albion and Bulwark – the latter is also Britain’s flagship. With the exception of Portsmouth-based Illustrious, the amphibious force – which deploys as part of the UK’s Response Force Task Group – is concentrated in Devonport, close to many of the Royal Marines’ assault and raiding units, and the commandos’ training centre in Lympstone.

        Liberty Lass and HMS Bulwark
        HMS Ocean leaves London on Completion of Olympic security mission
        Illustrious in Malta

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        • HMS Bulwark

          The Flagship of the Ryal Navy and the Nation, HMS Bulwark has recently completed an intensive period of Operational Sea Training (OST) where the Ships’ Company were put through their paces, testing all aspects of the ship to the very limit.

          HMS Bulwark
        • HMS Albion

          HMS Albion, along with her sister ship HMS Bulwark, is one of the Navy’s two amphibious assault ships with a single aim: to deliver the punch of the Royal Marines ashore by air and by sea. We do that using landing craft from our cavernous loading dock – the ship can flood her stern to allow the boats in and out – and helicopters from our vast flight deck.

          HMS Albion
        • HMS Illustrious

          HMS Illustrious is the UK’s High Readiness Helicopter and Commando Carrier. This means that Illustrious can fulfil multiple taskings as demanded by higher authority. Duties could include the use of helicopters such as Merlin, Sea King, Lynx or Apache and Royal Marines Commandos.

          HMS Illustrious in Glen Mallen
        • HMS Ocean

          'Britain’s biggest warship', HMS Ocean is currently in her home port of Devonport and in the midst of a scheduled period of maintenance. She returned in the latter part of last year from Greenwich, London, where she was moored for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

          HMS Ocean
        • 1 Assault Group

          1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1 AGRM) is the lead for amphibious warfare and Royal Navy board and search training. The group is tasked with training and developing core amphibious and surface assault skills and equipment, including the provision of operational support for the Ministry of Defence.

          1 AGRM
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