One of her most prominent operations came about that year though, in response to the European migrant crisis.
Assisted by three Merlin helicopters from 814 Naval Air Squadron, she played a key part in the search and rescue operation off the Italian coast for migrants crossing from Libya, rescuing over 2,900 migrants from the sea.
It was a busy year for Bulwark. Between November and December, she helped to provide security for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta.
As part of cost-cutting measures, it was decided during the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review that Albion and Bulwark would alternate between high and 'extended' readiness throughout their service lives.
This led to Albion being placed into a state of 'extended readiness' - or mothballed - in 2011.
It's been estimated that it costs £300,000 per year to keep one of the ships at extended readiness, while high readiness costs from £18-£39 million.
The ninth ship to carry the name Albion (an ancient name for Great Britain), stretching back to a 74-gun 1763 warship, this modern warship was deployed on a multinational exercise for the first time in 2004.
She was declared fully operational after taking part in Exercise Joint Winter off Norway (see above), during which time she completed her cold weather sea trials.
The following year she was deployed to waters off Libya to provide assistance to NATO's military intervention in the country, which was ultimately to lead to the death of its long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.
She then continued on to the Indian Ocean to help with anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa, before being mothaballed as her and Bulwark swapped roles.