Palma.—The Albion will be calling into Palma as she concludes a major deployment to the Mediterranean and Middle East.

The 18'500 tonne amphibious assault ship is designed to carry Royal Marines to wherever they are needed in the world, land them ashore by helicopter and landing craft and then support them as they carry out their mission.

HMS Albion has been leading the Royal Navy's Response Force Task Group, a maritime quick reaction force designed to provide a range of capabilities at short notice in response to unforeseen events.

Since leaving the UK in April, HMS Albion has undertaken amphibious exercises in the Mediterranean, supported NATO maritime operations off Libya and, most recently, helped to strengthen the UK's relationships in the Middle East.

Captain James Morley Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, said: “We are grateful to the people of Majorca for their hospitality and the use of their facilities during our visit to their beautiful island. “The UK and Spain share proud seafaring traditions and rich naval histories. Through NATO and the EU both countries now work in partnership to ensure freedom and security at sea, thereby contributing to international peace and stability.”

“The Response Force Task Group is the UK's maritime quick reaction force and has a range of capabilities that make it ideally suited to the fast pace and unpredictable nature of world events.”

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