The British Royal Navy ship, HMS Albion, docked in Tripoli yesterday, the first visit by a Royal Navy ship for eight years, the British embassy reported.
The ship was visited by several of Tripoli’s top political brass, including Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush. Members of the Libyan Navy also received training on board from their British counterparts.
‘‘Britain is committed to working with all partners for greater stability.’’, the embassy reported on the visit.
What is the real significance of HMS Albion’s visit?
HMS Albion is part of Britain’s Operation Achillean, part of Britain’s Littoral Response Group (North).
This is described as a large-scale operation which sees amphibious assault ship HMS Albion lead HMS Defender, RFA Argus and RFA Mounts Bay to the Mediterranean.
Littoral Response Groups are to be regularly deployed in regions of strategic importance to UK security. They are designed to put the UK’s commando forces in forward positions, where they will be able to react quickly to any crises but also continually work with allies.