LPD – HMS ALBION & HMS BULWARK
Built: 1998 – 2004
Builders: BAE Systems Marine (Barrow in Furness)
Based at: HMNB Devonport
Principal weapon systems: Amphibious Craft (LCU & LCVP), 2x Goalkeeper Close-in weapon system, Seagnat Radar
The Albion class landing platform dock vessels serve the Royal Navy by providing the capability of deploying both ground troops and air forces to a conflict zone. The ships have the capacity to accommodate up to 405 troops in addition to the ships complement, as well as two Chinook sized aircraft on the flight deck.
The most distinctive feature of the Albion class is the sunken dock positioned at the aft end. The dock can hold 4 LCU Mk10 landing craft each capable of holding vehicles up to the size of a Challenger tank.