Albion Class landing platform dock HMS Bulwark during Exercise Joint Warrior. The ship is in transit with RFA Mounts Bay, HMS Illustrious and USNS Leeroy Grumman.
For the third time in four months the men and women have restored peace and order to a troubled region – in this instance the troubled shores of the Wallian Archipelago (which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Western Isles of Scotland).
The biggest military exercise in Europe in 2012 has drawn to a close – and Portsmouth-based carrier HMS Illustrious has once again been at the heart of it.
Having restored political relationships between the countries of Ginger and Brownia (aka North Devon) in December last year and having brought security to the Nerthus region of Borgland and Gardarland (aka Norway) in March, it once again fell to the helicopter assault ship to ensure that stability was brought to the countries of the Wallian Archipelago – protagonists in the latest Joint Warrior exercise.
Some 8,000 personnel from half a dozen nations – including the USA, Germany, Netherlands and Norway – have taken part in the two-week-long war games which are designed to develop the ability of aircraft, warships and submarines to operate as part of a multi-national task group in a complex and demanding operational environment.
Photographer: LA(PHOT) Dean Nixon
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