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HMS Bulwark (L15)

HMS Bulwark (L15)

HMS Bulwark.

Career (UK)
Name: Operator: Ordered: Builder: Laid down: Launched: Sponsored by: Commissioned: Homeport: Motto: Status: Badge: HMS Bulwark Royal Navy 18 July 1996 BAE Systems Marine 27 January 2000 Barrow-in-Furness, England 15 November 2001 Lady Walker 10 December 2004 HMNB Devonport, Plymouth "Under thy wings I will trust" in active service, as of 2013[1]

General characteristics
Class & type: Displacement: Length: Beam: Draught: Propulsion: Albion-class amphibious transport dock 19,560 tonnes (19,250 long tons; 21,560 short tons) 176 metres (577ft) 28.9 metres (95ft) 7.1 metres (23ft)

2 Wrtsil Vasa 16V 32E diesel generators 2 Wrtsil Vasa 4R 32E diesel generators 2 electric motors bow thruster

Speed: Range: Boats & landing craft carried:

18 knots (21mph; 33km/h) 8,000 miles (7,000nmi; 13,000km)


4 LCU MK10 4 LCVP MK5

HMS Bulwark (L15)

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Capacity: Troops: Crew: 67 vehicles 405 Royal Marines (710 overload) 325 2 Type 1007/8 I-band radars 1 Type 996 E/F band radar 1 Artisan 3D E/F-band radar (from 2011) 2 Goalkeeper CIWS 2 30mm guns 4 General-purpose machine guns
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Sensors and processing systems:

Armament:

Aviation facilities:

Two landing spots for helicopters up-to the size of a Chinook.

HMS Bulwark is the second ship of the Albion-class, which are the United Kingdom's newest class of amphibious transport docks built for the Royal Navy. Numerous delays caused the delivery date to be put back, with the ship entering service in December 2004. Together with Albion, Ocean, and other amphibious ships, she provides a larger and more effective amphibious capability than the previous Fearless-class vessels. In October 2011 she became the flagship of the Royal Navy.[4] The ship is designed to send large numbers of troops and vehicles to shore as quickly as possible. Bulwark supports a permanently embarked Royal Marines landing craft unit, 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines.[5] The rear of the Bulwark opens and floods a compartment, allowing the boats inside to be launched. The 64metre flight deck is able to take two Sea King HC4 or AW101 Merlin medium-lift helicopters and stow a third. The deck can also support two Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, one down the side of the flight deck and one at the rear of the flight deck. Though the Albion design does not have a hangar, the ship has sufficient equipment to support helicopter operations. HMS Bulwark was launched at the BAE Systems shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on 15 November 2001.

Operational history
Bulwark departed the UK in January 2006 for a six-month East of Suez maiden deployment. She conducted counter-terrorist and counter-piracy tasks in waters off the Horn of Africa. Bulwark then headed for the northern Persian Gulf to become the flagship of Task Force 158, providing security for Iraqi oil platforms. At the start of the summer of 2006 Bulwark was near Spain. Due to the 2006 IsraelLebanon crisis, on 15 July 2006 she was ordered to divert to Lebanon and to support operations evacuating British citizens from the conflict area.[6] On 20 July, she evacuated approximately 1,300 people from Beirut in the biggest British evacuation.[7] On completion of her extended deployment the ship returned to the United Kingdom. At the start of June 2007 Bulwark was berthed at Sunderland on the River Wear. In October 2008 Bulwark was at the Tail of the Bank in the Firth of Clyde together with Ark Royal and the French ship Tonnerre, taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior 2008. On 18 February 2009 Bulwark sailed from Devonport as flagship to Commander UK Amphibious Task Group, Commodore Peter Hudson, on the Taurus 09 deployment. She was joined by Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) Ocean, Type 23 frigates Argyll and Somerset and four ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.[8] In Spring 2010 she entered a six-month refit at HMNB Devonport No. 8 dock.[9] In March 2011 she rejoined the fleet and then took over as Fleet Flagship from her sister ship Albion in October 2011.[10][11] She made a five-day visit to London on 16 March 2011.[12] Bulwark undertook Operational Sea Training at the end of June 2011 in preparation to take up the role of fleet flagship of the Royal Navy.[13] Bulwark is on standby as leading ship of the UK's recently formed Response Force Task Group. In October she participated in Exercise Joint Warrior in Loch Eriboll, the largest war games staged in the UK, involving the French Marines and other NATO forces.[14]

HMS Bulwark (L15) On 15 February 2012, Bulwark made an unscheduled stop in Kiel, Germany, after ice on the Elbe river prevented her from entering the city of Hamburg as originally planned. The vessel entered the Baltic Sea to prepare for Exercise 'Cold Response', a NATO winter war games exercise due to take place in northern Norway in March 2012.[15][16] At the end of February 2012, Bulwark visited the Polish port of Gdynia, carrying out exercises with two Polish frigates, ORP Genera Kazimierz Puaski and ORP Genera Tadeusz Kociuszko. She also hosted onboard over 4000 people from the city.[15] She also took part in Exercise 'Joint Warrior' with several other British and foreign vessels including HMS Illustrious off the coast of Scotland.[17] She will be part of the COUGAR 13 task group, with the Commander UK Task Group and his staff embarked onboard.[18] She was visited by the Commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces at NATO.[19] Bulwark is due to be withdrawn from its current role and enter extended readiness in 2016 when it will switch roles with HMS Albion (L14)[20]

In the media
Bulwark is the feature ship in the second season of Warship originally shown on television channel Five in the UK. The season followed her during the Taurus 09 deployment.[21]

Commanding officers
20042005: Captain Jeremy Stanford RN 20052006: Captain Clive Johnstone RN 20062008: Captain Jeremy Blunden RN 20082009: Captain Wayne Keble RN 20092010: Captain Gavin Pritchard RN 20102012: Captain Alexander Burton RN 2012Present: Captain Andrew Burns RN

Affiliations
County Durham Royal Irish Regiment Worshipful Company Of Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers Bulwark, Albion and Centaur Association RAF Odiham Giggleswick School CCF Monkton Combe School CCF

HMS Bulwark (L15)

References
[1] [2] [3] [4] http:/ / en. wikipedia. org/ w/ index. php?title=HMS_Bulwark_(L15)& action=edit Albion class (http:/ / www. military-today. com/ navy/ albion_class. htm) military-today.com Albion Class (http:/ / navy-matters. beedall. com/ albion. htm) http:/ / navy-matters. beedall. com BBC News (http:/ / www. bbc. co. uk/ news/ uk-england-devon-15363569) HMS Bulwark becomes Royal Navy's new flagship (19 October 2011) [8] (http:/ / www. royalnavy. mod. uk/ server/ show/ nav. 7202) [13] (http:/ / www. navynews. co. uk/ news/ 1249-falklands-landing-craft-crew-honoured-by-hms-bulwark. aspx). [15] Ice refugee HMS Bulwark pays unexpected visit to the home of the German Navy (http:/ / navynews. co. uk/ archive/ news/ item/ 3671). navynews.co.uk. 15 February 2012 [16] Sailors and marines prepare to coldly go for Arctic war games (http:/ / navynews. co. uk/ archive/ news/ item/ 3681). navynews.co.uk. 16 February 2012 [17] Images, Defence. (2012-05-02) HMS Bulwark | Flickr Photo Sharing! (http:/ / www. flickr. com/ photos/ defenceimages/ 7136065099/ in/ photostream/ ). Flickr. Retrieved on 2012-05-26. [18] https:/ / www. gov. uk/ government/ news/ royal-navy-set-for-cougar-13 [19] http:/ / www. royalnavy. mod. uk/ News-and-Events/ Latest-News/ 2013/ August/ 28/ 130828-NATO-HMS-Bulwark#. Uh3U_tI8rXY. twitter

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