HMS Albion leads amphibious forces Credit Royal Navy 220319

HMS Albion Leads Amphibious Forces During Exercise

The two-week exercise took place off the Cornish and Devon coast.

HMS Albion leads amphibious forces Credit Royal Navy 220319

The amphibious assault ship led Exercise South West Sword (Picture: Royal Navy).

HMS Albion returned to sea to lead amphibious forces on exercise, after undergoing maintenance.

Exercise South West Sword took place over two weeks off the Cornish and Devon Coast.

HMS Albion was joined by 521 marines from 1AGRM, 40 Commando and 30 Commando who practised vehicle skills and beach assault drills on Cornwall's Pentewan Beach.

A Merlin helicopter from 845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), two Wildcats from 847 NAS and two Chinooks from 27 Squadron RAF further practised deck landings and troop movements from the ship and Lyme Bay.

The Navy says it proved to be valuable for mission specific training as the units involved prepare for Joint Expeditionary Force and NATO operations later this year.

HMS Albion leads amphibious forces Credit Royal Navy 220319
It was her first time at see following an intense maintenance period (Picture: Royal Navy).

Captain Peter Laughton, Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, said: "Returning Albion to sea after a prolonged period alongside for maintenance and leave has required a massive effort from the A-Team and they have performed brilliantly.

"South West Sword has been a huge success despite the unrelenting Atlantic lows that have battered the south coast.

"Embarking the Joint Staffs, led by Commander Amphibious Task Group and Brigade Commander, has brought into sharp focus the primary role of Albion, and as Fleet Flagship we are looking forward to flexing our amphibious muscles over the coming year."