The Britsh warship, HMS Albion has returned to Devonport after completing a deployment to the Mediterranean as part of Operation Achillean. The operation involved nine warships, F-35B Lightning jets, helicopters, and thousands of sailors and Royal Marines Commandos.
Over the course of three months, HMS Albion sailed nearly 50,000 miles and visited more than a dozen countries across three continents as part of the Littoral Response Group North task force, which also included the ships RFA Argus, HMS Defender, and RFA Mounts Bay.
The task group operated in the central and eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Adriatic, working with Spain, Libya, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Montenegro, Croatia, Malta, Tunisia, Greece, Algeria, and Italy.
While HMS Albion was deployed, the Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group carried out operations in the North Sea.
Captain Marcus Hember, HMS Albion’s Commanding Officer, said that the task group had achieved a lot during its busy months and that the skill, hard work, and dedication of the sailors and Commandos had been instrumental in its success.
He also noted that the task group had visited many countries, building stronger ties with allies and partners, and said he was confident that the ship’s company would continue to deliver in the year ahead.
It is remarkable what the task group achieved in these busy months. It is a testament to the skill, hard work, and dedication of each sailor and Commando. The task group has visited more than a dozen countries, forging closer links with our allies and partners.
I have no doubt that the ship’s company will continue to deliver to the end of this deployment and in the year ahead in 2023 in order to confront Russia.
United Kingdom Defense Journal / ABC Flash Point News 2022.