Landing Platform Helicopter Ship

Helicopter Carrier

The Landing Platform Helicopter Ship can carry 12 Sea King and 6 Lynx helicopters. The dedicated helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship is designed to deliver troops to the centre of the action. RAF Chinook helicopters are normally carried as an integral part of the ship's air group.

The Landing Platform Helicopter dock is designed to deliver troops to the centre of the action by helicopter or by landing craft.

Explore Weapons & Missiles

  • Weapons and Equipment
  • Goalkeeper

    Goalkeeper close-in weapon system

    Goalkeeper throws up an impenetrable hail of steel to destroy supersonic missiles and aircraft which have evaded the outer layers of a ship's defences.

    Goalkeeper is fitted to HM Ships Illustrious, Albion and Bulwark. Goalkeeper is a seven-barrel 30mm Gatling gun spewing 4,200 rounds per minute (70 rounds per second) at incoming enemy aircraft or missiles which have evaded the outer layers of a ship’s defences.

    It can track up to 15 targets at the same time, deciding which ones are the most dangerous before engaging them at ranges up to 1,500 metres (just short of a mile).

  • Gunnery

    Gunnery Small calibre guns

    All warships carry small-calibre such as SA80, General Purpose Machine Gun and 9mm guns for use against both surface and airborne targets.

    Unlike the majority of the ships weapons systems, these guns are not radar and computer controlled, but aimed and fired by the upper deck gun crews. The weapons range in calibre and complexity.

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It carries four Mk5 landing craft vehicle and personnel (LCVP)