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Royal visitor for HMS Albion crew

Princess Anne
Princess Anne met members of the ship's company

The crew of HMS Albion has welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Anne to Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth.

The Princess Royal, who launched the amphibious landing ship in 2001, toured the vessel and met members of the ship's company.

HMS Albion has been carrying out various duties on deployment in Africa.

It is currently in its home port to undergo £30m of maintenance work, with plans for it to rejoin the fleet as an operational warship later in the year.

Bravery commendation

HMS Albion's commanding officer, Cdr John Gardner, said he was delighted to welcome the Princess Royal, whose previous visit to the assault ship was in April last year.

During her visit, Princess Anne presented a number of awards, including a commendation to a Royal Marines colour sergeant for an act of bravery during a recent tour of Afghanistan.

HMS Albion is one of the Royal Navy's two Landing Platform Docks.

The 18,500-tonne vessel is capable of carrying up to 700 personnel including Royal Marines, equipment and vehicles including tanks, trucks and landing craft.

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