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Landing Platform Dock Ships (LPD)

HMS Albion sailing up the River Thames past the Thames Barrier and heading towards the Millenium Dome and Canary Wharf, July 2006
HMS Bulwark as she returns to Plymouth from deployment in the troubled waters of Iraq, Somalia and Lebanon - which was the last phase of her trip to help UK citizens leave War torn Lebanon.
Landing Craft Utility entering the dock on HMS Bulwark

The Albion Class, Landing Platform Dock ships (LPD) primary function is to embark, transport, and deploy and recover (by air and sea) troops and their equipment, vehicles and miscellaneous cargo, forming part of an Amphibious Assault Force.

Take a virtual tour of an Albion Class LPD

Albion Class Statistics
Displacement: 18,500 tonnes
Docked down: 21,500 tonnes (approx)
Length: 176m
Beam: 25.6 m waterline, 28.9 metres max
Draught: 7.1 metres
Speed: 18 knots, range of 7000 nm.
Complement: 325
Sensors: 2 x Kelvin Hughes 1007 Radars Type 966 Surveillance Radar
Armament: 2 x Goalkeeper Close In Weapon System (CIWS), Seagnat Decoy System UAT Electronic Warfare System, 2 x 20mm close range guns 4 x Machine Gun positions
Propulsion

2 x 6.25MW & 2 x 1.56MW diesel generators driving two AC motors through twin shafts and a bowthrust unit, all operating at 6.6KV. RNs first integrated Full Electric propulsion ships.

Military Lift:

Embarked Military Personnel (EMF) 305 troops, with an overload of a further 405. Vehicle deck capacity for up to six tanks or around 30 armoured all-terrain tracked carriers. Floodable well dock, with the capacity to take either four utility landing craft (each capable of carrying a Challenger 2 tank) or shelter a hovercraft landing craft. Four smaller landing craft on davits, each capable of carrying 35 troops.

Two-spot 64m flight deck able to take medium support helicopters and stow a third. Deck is capable of taking a Chinook. The Albion design does not have a hangar but does have equipment needed to support aircraft operations.