Landing Platform Dock


The role of the Landing Platform Dock ships, HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion, is to deliver the punch of the Royal Marines ashore by air and by sea, with boats from the landing dock in the belly of the ship and by assault helicopter from the two-spot flight deck. LPDs can carry 256 troops, with their vehicles and combat supplies, and this can be swollen up to 405 troops.

The vehicle deck has a capacity fro up to 6 Challenger tanks or around 30 armoured all-terrain tracked vehicles. There is a floodable well dock able to take 4 utility landing craft. These vessels do not have a hanger but have equipment needed to support aircraft operations. The Assault ships have a single aim to deliver the punch of the Royal Marines ashore by air and by sea.



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  • Weapons and Equipment
  • Goalkeeper

    Goalkeeper close-in weapon system

    Goalkeeper throws up an impenetrable hail of steel to destroy supersonic missiles and aircraft which have evaded the outer layers of a ship's defences.

    Goalkeeper is fitted to HM Ships Illustrious, Albion and Bulwark. Goalkeeper is a seven-barrel 30mm Gatling gun spewing 4,200 rounds per minute (70 rounds per second) at incoming enemy aircraft or missiles which have evaded the outer layers of a ship’s defences.

    It can track up to 15 targets at the same time, deciding which ones are the most dangerous before engaging them at ranges up to 1,500 metres (just short of a mile).

  • Gunnery

    Gunnery Small calibre guns

    All warships carry small-calibre such as SA80, General Purpose Machine Gun and 9mm guns for use against both surface and airborne targets.

    Unlike the majority of the ships weapons systems, these guns are not radar and computer controlled, but aimed and fired by the upper deck gun crews. The weapons range in calibre and complexity.

operations Exercise Trident Juncture

Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will be held through October and November, predominantly in, over and on the seas around Portugal, Spain and Italy. It is one of a series of long-planned exercises to ensure that NATO Allies are ready to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction, and that they are able to work effectively with partners in tackling any crisis.

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The vehicle deck can be crammed with 31 large trucks and 36 smaller vehicles such as Land Rovers and Vikings

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