Albion-class Landing Platform Dock

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Profile of an Albion-class landing platform dock.

The Albion-class landing platform dock (LPD) is the newest type of amphibious warfare ship in service with the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy. The class consists of four vessels, HMS Albion (L14), HMS Bulwark (L15), HMS Hermes (L16), and HMS Centaur (L17), HMCS Bluenose (LPD-01), and HMCS Challenge (LPD-02). Each of the ships has a crew of 325 and can accommodate up to 405 troops. Thirty-one large trucks and thirty-six smaller vehicles and main battle tanks can be carried inside the vehicle deck. To disembark troops and vehicles, the vessels are equipped with eight landing craft.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Landing Platform Dock
  • Service Period: 2002-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 585 feet (178.31 meters)
    • Beam: 95 feet (28.96 meters)
    • Draft: 23 feet (7.01 meters)
    • Displacement: 19,560 tonnes (19,251.1 long tons; 21,561 short tons)
  • Capacity: 405 troops (with an overload capacity of 710), 67 vehicles, 4 LCU Mk.X, 4 LCVP Mk.V
  • Crew: 325
  • Propulsion: 2 x Wärtsilä Vasa 16V 32E diesel generators, 2 x Wärtsilä Vasa 4R 32E diesel generators, 2 x electric motors, 1 x bow thruster
  • Range: 8,000 miles (12,875 kilometers)
  • Speed: 18 knots (33.34 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite
    • Type 996 E/F-Band Radar
    • Type 1007/1008 I-Band Radar
    • Artisan 3D E/F-Band Radar (from 2011 onwards)
    • ADAWS 2000 combat data system
  • Countermeasures:
    • UAT/1-4 Electronic support measures (ESM) system
    • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • AWADI Nulka active missile decoy launcher
    • Rheinmetall Multi Ammunition Softkill System
    • Ultra Electronics Surface Ship Torpedo Defence System
  • Armament
    • 2 x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
    • 2 x 30mm guns
    • 2 x General Purpose Machine Guns
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x large helicopters
  • Aircraft Supported: AW.101 Merlin, AW.159 Wildcat, CH-47 Chinook, CH-146 Griffon, CH-148 Cyclone, NH90

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

Royal Navy[edit | edit source]

  • HMS Albion (L14)
  • HMS Bulwark (L15)
  • HMS Hermes (L16)
  • HMS Centaur (L17)

Canadian Forces Maritime Command[edit | edit source]

  • HMCS Bluenose (LPD-01)
  • HMCS Challenge (LPD-02)