The Royal Navy’s flagship has rescued more than 100 refugees adrift in the Mediterranean – its first mission since being deployed in the region.
HMS Bulwark was despatched to the area on Monday as part of David Cameron’s promise to help tackle the migrant crisis, which has cost the lives of nearly 1,800 people this year.
The 19,000-tonne assault ship picked up 110 migrants yesterday after inspecting a suspicious rubber boat. With the help of the Italian coastguard, the migrants were taken to land.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “HMS Bulwark, working with the Italian coastguard, today investigated a large rubber boat with approximately 110 individuals on board. The individuals were rescued using Bulwark’s landing craft.”