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HMS Bulwark (L15)

HMS Bulwark is one of the Royal Navy’s two Albion-class amphibious assault ships. Together with her sister vessel, her job is to land Royal Marines and their equipment – including trucks and tanks – ashore by air and sea.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

19,560 tonnes

Total displacement

176 metres

Total length


18 knots +

Top speed

Our Operations

Current operation



Alongside in her home port of Falmouth. Training our team and maintaining our equipment to make sure we are fighting fit for the challenge.

Our base

Our base

HMNB Devonport

Plymouth PL2 2BG
Telephone: ‎+44 345 748 4950

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Commanding Officer

Commander Mark Rowbotham

HMS Bulwark's role

Along with her sister ship HMS Albion, HMS Bulwark’s primary role is to transport large numbers of troops, vehicles and equipment and land them ashore using her on-board landing craft. The landing craft are permanently operated by 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines.

With a crew of 325, HMS Bulwark can also accommodate up to 405 additional troops, as well as 31 trucks, 36 smaller vehicles, and even main battle tanks. Her 64-metre-long flight deck can also house two Merlin or Sea King helicopters and two Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

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