Visit to HMS Albion

Upper Warden Richard Fuller and Liveryman Eric Lucas were lucky enough to spend a fascinating two nights aboard our Naval affiliation, the Flagship of the Fleet, HMS Albion. Albion was on its way back from the Baltic where it had been taking part in Operation Baltic Protector and had very successfully led the Joint Expeditionary Force.

From boarding in Den Helder in Holland to arriving in Portsmouth in style two days later on a landing craft, the Brewers’ team were able to experience not only the fantastic hospitality of the Navy but also an in-depth look at how an Amphibious Assault Ship operates. Its capability is immense whether landing Challenger tanks or taking Royal Marines anywhere they may be needed in the world.

In the absence of the Captain who was in London at the time, Commander Jason Eacock who was commanding the ship and Commander James Farrant together with Marine Lt Col Richard Thurston ensured that all parts of the ship were visited – up and down hundreds of steps and through endless watertight doors! – from engines to loading docks to weapon systems and of course to the bridge. They even arranged for a demonstration of firefighting in an exercise involving a helicopter which had crashed on deck.

To be associated with such a wonderful ship is a great privilege and hopefully other liverymen will get the opportunity to experience life at sea on the Fleet Flagship. We look forward to welcoming some of the crew at the October Court Lunch.