One of two Landing Platform Dock (LPD) ships in the Royal Navy, HMS BULWARK is currently berthed at Glen Mallan jetty in preparation for the multi-national multi-force exercise Joint Warrior 081, due to start next week. BULWARK was built at Barrow by BAE Systems, and launched in November 2001. She was formally commissioned into naval service in April 2005. This 176 metre long vessel has a floodable well dock, and can carry four landing craft (LCU Mk 10), with a further four, smaller, landing craft (LCVP Mk 5) carried on davits. BULWARK is also capable of operating helicopters in her amphibious assault ship role. She has been adopted by County Durham.