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Warship docks in Belfast for four-day visit

Published 01/10/2010

The public will have the chance to get on board the amphibious warship, HMS Albion
The public will have the chance to get on board the amphibious warship, HMS Albion

A massive Royal Navy warship sailed into Belfast last night on a four-day visit to the city.

The public will have the chance to get on board the amphibious warship, HMS Albion, tomorrow (noon-5.30pm, Pollock Dock). The 176-metre long craft can hold 31 large trucks and 36 smaller vehicles, such as tanks.

“She is what we call a Landing Platform Deck (LDP),” a Navy spokesman said.

“The back of the stern submerges into the water to allow troops and equipment to enter the water.”

The 350 HMS Albion crew members will be on hand to give practical demonstrations and guided tours.

HMS Albion commanding officer Captain James Morley said: “I know my ship’s company is always assured of a warm welcome in this part of the world and I am excited at the prospect of welcoming as many local people as possible on board during Saturday.”

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