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HMS Albion returns to Plymouth after NATO Exercise Cold Response

Her landing craft transferred Royal Marines and their equipment ashore during the exercise in Norway.

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HMS Albion has returned to Plymouth after spearheading the amphibious stages of NATO Exercise Cold Response in Norway.

Her landing craft transferred Royal Marines and their equipment ashore during the exercise, which involved 30,000 personnel (including 3,000 from the UK) from 26 nations.

Cold Response aims to demonstrate NATO's collective Arctic warfighting capabilities.

HMS Albion also carried out defence engagement visits to ports including Tromso, Harstad and Stavanger – demonstrating the UK’s high readiness amphibious assault ship to NATO partners.

Captain Simon Kelly Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, said, "We have conducted a busy couple of months training with our NATO partners in the High North.

"The Norwegian Fjords have been an incredible and challenging part of the world to operate in. They have provided us with a fantastic opportunity to successfully deliver amphibious effect in one of the most extreme environments on the planet.

"After a busy start to 2022, Exercise Cold Response was a great opportunity to integrate UK Commando Forces into a larger multi-national maritime task group, whilst demonstrating to our NATO partners the capability and versatility of the UK's high readiness amphibious assault ship.

"We have further advanced the Royal Navy’s Commando Force concept, shaping how Royal Marines will operate in the future."