Royal Navy Deploys Task Group for Joint US Drills

22 June 2010 (Last Updated June 22nd, 2010 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy has deployed its landing platform dock HMS Albion and the amphibious task group to participate in the Auriga joint exercises with the US Navy. During the four-month deployment off the east coast of the US, HMS Albion will lead the amphibious task group and the helicopter

The UK Royal Navy has deployed its landing platform dock HMS Albion and the amphibious task group to participate in the Auriga joint exercises with the US Navy.

During the four-month deployment off the east coast of the US, HMS Albion will lead the amphibious task group and the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean will join the US Navy's Auriga multinational naval task group.

The UK's amphibious task group will carry out a series of exercises in the terrain of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

US and Royal Navy forces will simulate attacking and defending exercises covering regional threats.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary logistics landing ship Largs Bay will also join the task group in late June and participate in the exercise along with the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Auriga is a joint maritime exercise between the UK, the US and France on the eastern seaboard of North America and the Western Atlantic.

The exercise aims to enhance the operational capability of the participating teams in carrier strike, amphibious assault and anti-submarine warfare operations.