Swapping Football For Flagship: Plymouth Argyle FC Given Tour Of HMS Albion

The visit comes ahead of Plymouth Argyle's Armed Services Day on 22 February.

Plymouth Argyle footballers have been given a tour of Royal Navy flagship HMS Albion at her home in Devonport.

The sportsmen met some of the ship's company and got a glimpse of Royal Marines kit and equipment on the Amphibious Assault ship.

It comes ahead of Plymouth Argyle's Armed Services Day on February 22.

People will be able to watch Royal Marines abseil from a roof of one of the stands at Home Park, and also see an unarmed combat display.

The HMS Drake Volunteer and Plymouth Pipe Bands will be on hand to provide a musical touch.

An Argyle spokesperson said: "as a club that represents a city with a distinguished and long-standing military tradition, we are proud to host Armed Services Day XI".

HMS Albion is to sail to the Arctic later in February to take part in Exercise Cold Response - NATO's largest winter deployment in Northern Norway.

Cover image: Plymouth Argyle FC footballers standing by HMS Albion at HMNB Devonport (Picture: Royal Navy).