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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Like our younger sister HMS Bulwark we were built at Barrow-in-Furness, where we were launched in March 2001 by Princess Anne. We are based in Devonport, the home of the Navy’s amphibious fleet. Our motto is ‘fortiter, fideliter, feliciter’ – ‘boldly, faithfully, successfully’ and we live to that maxim.

Following a two-year period of extensive modernisation and a programme of training and sea trials, HMS Albion deployed in February 2018 to become the NATO Flagship for the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2).


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HMS Albion to lead NATO task group

Royal Navy assault ship to lead NATO task group

Scottish Bishop visits the Royal Navy in the South West

Scottish Bishop visits the Royal Navy in the South West

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Current operation Standing NATO Maritime Group 2

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 is a multinational, integrated maritime force - made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team - that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response and real world operational missions.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location 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


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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