HMS Albion

HMS Albion (L14)

HMS Albion (L14) 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.

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Described by successive commanding officers as the Royal Navy’s ‘Swiss Army knife’ – capable of doing anything – flagship HMS Albion carries more than 400 sailors and Royal Marines with a range of skills and experience: engineers, chefs, medics, technicians.

All were trained in disaster relief work at the Royal Navy’s specialist training complex in Plymouth last December – dealing with the aftermath of a mock hurricane and carrying out a large scale evacuation of ‘inhabitants’ (played by students), a couple of months before the assault ship sailed on her deployment.

The ship carries a limited amount of emergency supplies for disaster relief operations, from food supplies to water pumps, but is able to produce fresh water and food from the galley can be delivered ashore to feed people en masse.

The loading dock is packed with vehicles, trucks and heavy plant to support the Royal Marines who have been conducting amphibious training around the Pacific Rim.

Also aboard are large and small craft which can ferry people, emergency supplies and several vehicles in shallow waters and can operate far from Albion herself if needed.

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ET(WE) Abigail Beirne on the flight deck as she spots her family on the jetty.

Return of the A-team as HMS Albion roars into Plymouth

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HMS Albion heads home after Gibraltar pit stop

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Current operation Alongside in Devonport

Currently alongside in her home port of Devonport Naval Base.

  • Cougar 15

    Cougar is the annual deployment of the UK’s high readiness maritime joint expeditionary force

  • Cougar 14

    Cougar is an amphibious task force exercising in the Mediterranean.

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Unit History

The First Albion1763

There have been eight previous ships with the name HMS Albion, beginning with a sailing line-of-battle ship launched in 1763, which – just as the current Albion – was the name ship of the class.

War of American Independence1779

The first Albion saw action during the War of American Independence, where from 1779 she bore the brunt of the battle in fights off Grenada, Dominica and Martinique.

The Second Albion1798

The 366-ton sloop Albion of 1798 was bought for the Navy, she was an ex-merchant vessel that had served as a hired Armed ship with RN crew.

The Third Albion1803

The third was a 74-gun third rate line-of-battle ship with a crew of 590. She took part in Admiral Cornwallis’ blockade of Brest in 1803 before heading out for service in the Indian Ocean.

War 18121812

After repair the third Albion took part in the war with America, the War of 1812, then once peace was settled in 1815, she joined with the Anglo-Dutch fleet bombarding Algiers in 1816.

Third and Fourth Albions1812

During her time, the name Albion was put into service twice more upon two smaller cutters (1808 and 1812).

Battle Honours1816

Algiers 1816

Battle Honours1827

Navarino 1827

The Sixth Albion1842

This neatly brings us to the sixth Albion – launched at Plymouth in 1842, she sprang into action at the first bombardment of Sebastapol in the Crimean War in 1854. 

Battle Honours1854

Crimea 1854-5

The Seventh Albion1898

The seventh was a Canopus-class battleship launched in 1898. Early in the war, she was bombarding Turkish positions in the Dardanelles and badly damaged by Turkish fire.

Battle Honours1915

Dardanelles 1915

Sold1919

HMS Albion was sold in 1919, and once again, during her time, smaller ships also bore the name: the trawler Albion II; the Bristol Channel paddle steamer; and the steam yacht Albion III.

The Eighth Albion1954

The eighth Albion was a Centaur Class Light Aircraft Carrier / Commando Helicopter Carrier, of 22,000 tons, that served from 1954 to 1973. She was known as “The Old Grey Ghost”.

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Captain Tim Neild

Tim Neild

Rank: Captain

Born in Lancashire and educated at Ilkley Grammar School in West Yorkshire, Tim joined the Royal Navy in January 1991. Promoted to Captain in September 2016, he was appointed as the Captain of HMS Albion in March 2017.

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