Operation Cunningham was a naval operation in April 2010 by units of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom to ship British military personnel and air passengers stranded in continental Europe by the air travel disruption after the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption. The amphibious warfare ships HMS Albion and HMS Ocean and the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal were assigned to the operation, which was named after the Second World War British admiral Andrew Cunningham. However, only Albion was directly involved in the repatriation effort.
HMS Ark Royal was detached from NATO Joint Warrior war games off north-west Scotland (also affected by the grounding of aircraft), reaching the south coast of England on 20 April and sailing from HMNB Portsmouth to join Ocean in the Channel later that day.
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