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WATCH: HMS Albion Returns To Open Water After Refit

The Royal Navy’s amphibious warship has been carefully moved from her temporary home at HMNB Devonport, Plymouth, to her new tidal berth on...

The Royal Navy’s amphibious warship HMS Albion has moved from her temporary home inside the dockyard walls at HMNB Devonport, Plymouth, to her new tidal berth on the river. 

It took six tugs several hours to line up the 20,000-tonne ship to fit through the narrow dock gate, which had a four-metre margin of error, the whole move then had to be completed in less than an hour while the tide was slack. 

The repositioning of HMS Albion from 5 Basin to take up HMS Bulwark's position, marks a significant milestone in her regeneration schedule, according to Commander John McCombe;

"This is a real poignant part in the regeneration of HMS Albion and handing over of the amphinious batton from her sister ship, HMS Balwark ... It's a really great day getting her onto a tidal birth"

Six years ago, she was mothballed following the Government's decision to alternate extended readiness between HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark.

Babcock Marine has overseen the two-year refit which is now nearing completion and includes a new salt water cooling system and an upgrade to her weapons system.

Sea trials and operational training will begin this summer, ahead of her rejoining the fleet for service as the country's high readiness assault ship in 2018.

HMS Bulwark will now move to 5 Basin to be mothballed.

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