Amphibious Vessels

Landing Helicopter Dock
Our latest Landing Helicopter Landing Dock design incorporates our proven pedigree in amphibious vessel capability to deliver a highly capable command centre, enabling rapid deployment of forces by helicopter and surface craft to support land operations.

This design features a flight deck capable of accommodating the simultaneous operation of six helicopters, vehicle decks for over 100 military vehicles and an enclosed well dock, which can accept up to four landing craft utility vessels. It is also equipped with a state of the art integrated bridge system and an integrated communications suite to support land, sea and air operations.

Together, these features ensure this ship design can provide a flexible platform, capable of undertaking the full range of amphibious roles including strategic power projection and peace support operations. It also has huge capacity for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Key Facts

Landing Helicopter Dock

Length: 210 metres
Breadth flight deck: 32 metres
Draught design: 6.3 metres
Displacement: 23,000 tonnes
Top speed: 22 knots
Range: 7,000 miles
Crew size: approx 300     
Embarked forces: up to 800
Vehicle deck area: 2000 m2
Flying spots: 6 Merlin

Ocean LPH

Length: 203.4 metres
Breadth flight deck: 35 metres
Draught design: 6.6 metres
Displacement: 21,700 tonnes
Top speed: 19 knots
Range: 8,000 miles
Crew size: 285 + 206 aircrew    
Embarked forces: 830
Vehicle deck area: 1000 m2 + 2200 m2 (hangar)
Flying spots: 6 Merlin

Albion LPD

Length: 176 metres
Breadth flight deck: 28.9 metres
Draught design: 7.1 metres
Displacement: 14,600 tonnes
Top speed: 18 knots
Range: 8,000 miles
Crew size: 325
Embarked forces: 305 + 405 overload
Vehicle deck area: 1000 m2 + 325 m2 (hangar)
Flying spots: 2 Merlin


BAE Systems has proven capabilities in the design and delivery of amphibious assault vessels for the UK Royal Navy and other navies around the world.

In particular, we designed and built the Ocean Class Landing Platform Helicopter, Albion Class Landing Platform Dock and Bay Class Logistic Support Ships at our shipyards in Govan on the Clyde and Barrow-in-Furness in the 1990s and early 2000s.

These ships are in service with the UK Royal Navy today and our considerable operational experience in the delivery of these vessels has informed the design of our next generation LHD.