HMS Albans

The UK Royal Navy’s Duke-class Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans has concluded a joint maritime security operation with the Royal Saudi Navy to ensure freedom of navigation in the Gulf.

The vessel was deployed into the operation with the Saudi Arabian fleet for two days to support the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 152.

The task force is comprised officers from Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US cooperating to bolster maritime security in the Gulf.

HMS St Albans was boarded by the CTF152 officers from the US and Royal Saudi Navies during the operation to offer and exchange local knowledge and expertise.

"The operation sought to fortify the presence of the navies on the sea and immune the expanse from potential terrorist threats."

It involved conducting drills and exchange of vital information related to the operation in the Central Arabian Gulf to promote coordination and integrated operability.

The operation aims to fortify the presence of the navies at sea and immune the expanse from potential terrorist threats.

HMS St Albans’ sea boat had sailed to multiple dhows deployed into the area to provide assistance when deemed necessary.

The 133m-long frigate has a displacement of 4,900t and was constructed by BAE Systems at Scotstoun.

It is propelled by four 1,510kW Paxman Valenta 12CM diesel generators, two GEC electric motors delivering 2,980kW and two Rolls-Royce Spey SM1C delivering 23,190kW.

Last month, the Royal Navy was represented by HMS Alban’s Merlin helicopter at the Bahrain International Air Show.

The vessel participated in week-long ‘Stakenet’ exercise in August 2011 in the Gulf alongside contingents from the US, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Image: HMS St Albans during the operation in the Gulf. Photo: courtesy of UK Royal Navy.