HMS Albion visits Liverpool and Chester

One of the Royal Navy's largest warships is in Liverpool for a six-day visit to the city.

HMS Albion, an 18,000 tonne amphibious assault ship affiliated with Chester, will be moored at Liverpool's cruise liner terminal.

A parade through Chester by the ship's crew on Wednesday will celebrate the vessel's 10th birthday.

The ship will be open to the public on Saturday from 11:00 to 15:00 BST and on Sunday from 12:00 to 15:00.

HMS Albion is the Royal Navy's current flagship and has recently returned from deployment in the Mediterranean and Middle East.

The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, who launched the ship in 2001, will be present in Chester for the parade through the city centre.

Commanding Officer, Captain James Morley, said: "It is an honour and privilege to visit Liverpool, a city with such a famous heritage.

"We are also extremely proud to have been invited to march through our affiliated city of Chester to commemorate 10 years since the ship was launched."

He added: "The ship's sponsor, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, will be inspecting the guard.

"It is also an opportunity for a lot of our sailors, who are from this area, to come home and to put a little bit back into Liverpool and to re-establish the strong links that the Navy enjoys here in this city."

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