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Landing ship HMS Albion docking in Tripoli (Picture: UKinLibya Twitter/ British Embassy).
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Navy's 'Swiss Army knife' docks in Libya

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Landing ship HMS Albion docking in Tripoli (Picture: UKinLibya Twitter/ British Embassy).

HMS Albion, the Royal Navy's 'Swiss Army knife', has docked in Tripoli ready to work with its Libyan Navy counterparts.

This is the first visit by the Royal Navy to Libya in eight years.

Described as the Swiss Army knife of the service because of the range of roles the ship can carry out, HMS Albion "is looking forward to a great day with their Libyan Navy counterparts", according to the British Embassy.

Launched in 2001, HMS Albion, an amphibious assault vessel, is one of the Royal Navy's largest ships.

She carries vehicles, machinery and watercraft which the crew use to carry out their duties, and Albion also stores emergency supplies for use in disaster relief missions.

HMS Albion is leading an amphibious task group made up of more than 1,000 sailors and Royal Marines on Operation Achillean. 

The large-scale operation sees the amphibious assault ship lead HMS Defender, RFA Argus and RFA Mounts Bay to the Mediterranean, North Africa and Levant regions, providing vital security to the areas.