A mothballed Royal Navy ship has officially reawakened when she embarked her crew for the first time since 2011.
By doing so, amphibious command ship HMS Albion marked a major milestone in the ship’s multi-million pound capability upgrade in Plymouth.
Abion was mothballed in 2011, just eight years after she had joined the fleet.
Almost 350 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines moved on-board for the first time in almost six years.
The occasion was marked with an official handing over of the ship from Babcock to HMS Albion and the ship celebrated with the galley serving its traditional first fish and chips in HM Naval Base Devonport.
HMS Albion will return to sea in the summer and it’s now all hands on deck to make final preparations
To date, 1.2 million man-hours of work have been needed to ready the 20,000 tonne ship for operations.
The major package of work will see in excess of 110 improvements incorporated. It is dominated by an improved propulsion system and combat systems compared to her sister HMS Bulwark.
The new combat computer brain will manage the upgraded weapons and sensors, which includes a more capable surveillance radar and improved defensive weapon system.
Operating in warmer climates will be easier with the new cooling for the propulsion system.