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More than 10,000 people sign assault ships petition

There are fears the HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion will be scrapped. Credit: PA

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition to save the Devonport-based ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark as well as stopping perceived plans to cut 1,000 Royal Marines.

It means the Government will now have to officially respond.

Ministers are carrying out a review of the country's defence forces and insist any rumours at the moment are 'pure speculation'.

At the time of publishing, the petition, started by Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Luke Pollard, had 11,555 signatures. If that number reaches 100,000, it will be discussed in parliament.

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Michael Fallon fails to confirm future of Plymouth-based warships

The Secretary of State for Defence has refused to give assurances over the future of two Plymouth-based war ships.

Michael Fallon was asked multiple times whether HMS Bulwalk and Albion would not be scrapped.

Ministers are carrying out a review of the country's defence forces and insist any rumours at the moment are 'pure speculation'.

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HMS Bulwark’s migrant rescue mission

Devonport based HMS Bulwark has saved over 1,000 migrants floating on inflatable rafts in the Mediterranean over the last few days during its busiest rescue mission yet.

In total he Royal Navy's flagship has plucked 2,700 migrants from the sea, rescuing them from the notoriously dangerous crossing from Libya to mainland Europe.

We have to be ready for anything and you never know what you may come across when you get actioned.

As a team we are all highly trained and equipped to do the job.

– Lt Cdr Chris Wood, Senior Pilot of 814 Naval Air Squadron and Aircraft Commander
Migrants onboard HMS Bulwark Credit: Ministry of Defence
Migrants onboard HMS Bulwark Credit: Ministry of Defence
Migrants being rescued Credit: Ministry of Defence
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