With a strong command lead and an extremely enthusiastic and engaging ships company, the ship is immaculate which is indicative of the ship's company's collective pride

Commodore Rob Bellfield, Commodore of Devonport Flotilla

He said the regeneration of the ship over the past three years was an example of how the Navy, industry and MOD could work together successfully.

"With a strong command lead and an extremely enthusiastic and engaging ships company, the ship is immaculate which is indicative of the ship's company's collective pride," he told the 330 sailors and Royal Marines.

Albion has a brief period between the end of sea trials and start of OST - but it's not a lull.

Take a deep breath.

Two Dutch landing craft have joined the ship as part of long-standing partnership with the Netherlands' Korps Mariniers (just 14 months younger than our Royal Marines);

Albion took part in the regular Thursday War off Plymouth, including some damage control training;

bomb disposal experts from Plymouth's Southern Diving Unit scoured the assault ship from keel to main mast as part of a terrorist homemade bomb training exercise;

five female sailors dined on Victory with counterparts past and present to mark the 100 anniversary of the WRNS forming;

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue teams practiced evacuating casualties from the 19,500-tonne vessel;

helped Falmouth Coastguard save a yachtsman in distress;

crew joined the affiliated Army (Queen's Own Yeomanry) on their annual live firing exercise on the Yorkshire Moors;

visited the affiliated city of Chester to support the Lord Mayor at the Admiral of the Dee ceremony;

and somehow there was still time and energy for the Great Albion Cake Off, raising £500 for the ship's Claire House Children's Charity.

You can breathe again now.