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HMS Ocean

'Britain’s biggest warship', the helicopter carrier and assault ship HMS Ocean (L12) is the Flagship of the Royal Navy.

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In her role as a helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship, Ocean is designed to deliver troops by helicopter or by landing craft – the ship has six helicopters and carries four Mk5 landing craft vehicle and personnel (LCVP).

in 2015 HMS Ocean completed fitting new communications and IT systems which now allows the ship to host a staff, headed by a Rear Admiral, commanding UK and NATO Task Groups.

As well as the ship’s role as the Royal Navy’s Flagship, the headquarters staff in Ocean will be the Maritime Component Commander of the NATO Response Force (NRF) in 2016.

HMS Ocean is currently taking part in Joint Warrior, beginning with Exercise Griffin Strike.

She is working alongside the Assault Ship HMS Bulwark, Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland and RFA Lyme Bay as well as French Navy counterparts including the including the assault helicopter carrier FS Dixmude.

The aim of Ex Griffin Strike is to test the working partnership between the two countries and test the Ango-French Combined Joint Expeditionary Force”, or CJEF.

The exercise will show how UK and French maritime, land and air forces can be deployed rapidly together for a wide range of bilateral operations and, if called upon, work together as part of a NATO, EU or UN coalition operation.  

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UK and French forces launch Exercise Griffin strike in the Solent

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Royal Marines’ new battlefield helicopters get their sea legs aboard HMS Ocean

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Current operation Joint Warrior

Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force.

The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations - disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more.

  • Exercise Trident Juncture

    Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will be held through October and November, predominantly in, over and on the seas around Portugal, Spain and Italy. It is one of a series of long-planned exercises to ensure that NATO Allies are ready to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction, and that they are able to work effectively with partners in tackling any crisis.

  • Cougar 15

    Cougar is the annual deployment of the UK’s high readiness maritime joint expeditionary force

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Navy comes in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

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Unit History

The First Ocean1761

The first Ocean began the strong links with the West Country in 1770 as Flagship to Plymouth. Ocean saw her first real action against the French in 1778 under the lead of HMS Victory.

Battle Honours1781

Ushant 1781

The Second Ocean1805

Ocean’s next incarnation was a second-rate 98-gun warship, she spent the bulk of her service in the Mediterranean.
She was converted into a depot ship in 1841 and broken up in 1875.

The Third Ocean1867

The next was an ironclad of 50 guns. She holds the record for the longest days under sail by any British ironclad:  243 miles to the Far East. She was Flagship on the China Station from 1867.

The Fourth Ocean1898

The fourth Ocean earned a reputation as an unlucky ship, suffering various mishaps during build. Ocean served on the China Station during which time she was hit by a typhoon.

Battle Honours1915

Dardanelles 1915
Suez Canal 1915

The Fourth Ocean1915

In March 1915, as she attempted to rescue the mine-struck HMS Irresistible,  Ocean hit a mine – flooding and under fire, she was abandoned and sank that evening.

The Fifth Ocean1945

The fifth HMS Ocean  cemented her links with naval aviation. The Colossus-class aircraft carrier had a brief but active service career after commissioning in July 1945. 

Battle Honours1952

Korea 1952-53

The Sixth HMS Ocean1998

Commissioned in September 1998 in Devonport, HMS Ocean is at the heart of the Navy’s amphibious fleet. Until the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers, she is the largest UK warship.

Battle Honours2003

Al Faw 2003

Operation Unified Protector2011

As Libyan rebels fought Gaddafi forces, HMS Ocean launched Britain’s first seaborne Apache raid, destroying military vehicles, installations and communications equipment.

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Commanding Officer Steve Moorhouse

Moorhouse Steve

Rank: Captain

Steve Moorhouse joined the Royal Navy in September 1991 as a University Cadet Aviator. In July 2015 Captain Moorhouse took command of HMS Ocean as she completes her preparations for deployment later this year.

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HMS Ocean weighs a staggering 22,000 tonnes

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