Our return to Plymouth marks the finale of a truly outstanding year for HMS Bulwark.

Captain Nick Cooke-Priest

Cougar 2015 exercised the UK’s maritime high readiness joint expeditionary force, demonstrating the Royal Navy’s ability to keep Britain safe, reassure friendly nations and enhancing her prosperity by projecting a highly effective maritime force anywhere in the world to protect trade routes if needed.

Devonport-based HMS Bulwark was joined by HMS Ocean with Apache, Chinook and Wildcat helicopters embarked from the Joint Helicopter Command together with Royal Navy Merlin helicopters.  Royal Marines completed the force.

HMS Bulwark will conduct maintenance before embarking on another busy operational programme next year.

Based in Devonport, HMS Bulwark is one of the Royal Navy’s two amphibious assault command and control ships and has a crew of 350, a quarter of whom are 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines.  

A large floodable dock holds four large landing craft – with another four carried on the ship’s side. The larger craft can carry up to 120 troops or a Challenger 2 main battle tank. For the humanitarian mission, they have been loaded with lifejackets, water, food, medical supplies and shelter.

HMS Bulwark is retained at high readiness for contingent operations – whether combat operations, providing humanitarian assistance or disaster relief, HMS Bulwark remains at 5-days notice to deploy worldwide.

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