The 176m-long, 8,000t assault ship has a displacement capacity of 21,500t and can cruise at speeds of 18kt.
The warship, built by Bae, and is a landing platform dock ship of the Royal Navy, belonging to the Albion class.
The ship was primarily designed as an amphibious warfare ship. It is capable of accommodating a crew of 256, can carry various armoured vehicles and is equipped with a flight deck that can operate two helicopters.
The ship is used to attend incidents around the world and transported people during the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud disruption in April 2010.