ROYAL NAVY amphibious assault ship HMS Albion arrived on the Forth today (May 4) as she prepares for deployment in the seas around Northern Europe this spring.

Plymouth-based Albion sailed under the iconic Forth Bridge on 'Star Wars Day' – May the 4th – on her way to Rosyth, where she will start her Littoral Response Group (North) deployment.

This will see the task group – centred around HMS Albion and the Royal Marines of Arbroath-based 45 Commando – operate and train alongside NATO and Joint Expeditionary Force partners in the North Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea.

The task group will be made up of Albion, 45 Commando, 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Mounts Bay, HMS Northumberland and Wildcat helicopters from 857 Naval Air Squadron.

While alongside in Rosyth, the enormous 19,560-tonne ship will take on almost 200 troops as well as some 59 vehicles participating in the deployment.