The ships that protected Great Britain during the Olympics: HMS Bulwark leads police boats in naval show of strength

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90 vessels of the Royal Navy Task Force lead proud HMS Bulwark
90 vessels of the Royal Navy Task Force lead proud HMS Bulwark

These stunning pictures gives an insight into the awesome military power held by the Royal Navy during the Olympics.

HMS Bulwark was stationed off the coast of Weymouth where the Olympics and Paralympics sailing was taking place.

And Royal Navy photographer Joel Rouse, 26, was on call to capture the maritime security operation with these incredible shots.

Speed boats lead a 90 strong flotilla of vessels from the Royal Navy Task Force assigned to protect the Olympic games off the Dorset coast
Speed boats lead a 90 strong flotilla of vessels from the Royal Navy Task Force assigned to protect the Olympic games off the Dorset coast
90 vessels of the Royal Navy Task Force lead proud HMS Bulwark
90 vessels of the Royal Navy Task Force lead proud HMS Bulwark
Fearsome: HMS Bulwark
Fearsome: HMS Bulwark

The Plymouth-based amphibious command and control ship was supporting Dorset Police in security across 50 square miles of coastline at the Weymouth Bay and Portland.

During the games, Bulwark directed the movements of Royal Marines raiding craft, patrol boats, civilian launches and boats.

It also fed live imagery of the waters around Weymouth by special cameras fitted to Fleet Air Arm Merlin helicopters on patrol overhead.

The ship departed Portland yesterday (Mon), returning to her home base in Devonport.

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