Fearless-class Landing Platform Dock
HMS Fearless (L10) was a Royal Navy amphibious assault ship that served from 1965 until 2002. She was the first RN purpose built Landing Platform Dock and constructed by Harland & Wolff of Belfast. Fearless was launched by Lady Hull on 19 December 1963 and commissioned on 25 November 1965. She saw active service around the world, over a very full 37 year career, which included counter terrorism, humanitarian operations and, famously, the retaking of the Falkland Islands in 1982 . There was even a starring role in the 1977 James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', as the ship that recovers Bond's escape pod, during the closing titles. Her displacement was 12,120 tons (full load), with a length of 520ft being powered by two English Electric 2 shaft geared steam turbines, giving a speed of 21 knots. Her complement numbered 580. On 17 December 2007 Fearless was towed to Ghent in Belgium to be broken-up.
The picture represents HMS Fearless as she appeared during her last Persian Gulf Deployment in early 2002.