Separately HMS Ocean recently 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.

Hosting this key NATO role in the Fleet Flagship demonstrates the UK’s commitment to NATO and the Alliance’s regional partners. 

In preparation for the NATO role, Ocean and the staff will take command of a series of major multinational exercises being run throughout the summer and autumn which will validate the ability to command Task Groups comprising over 50 warships.

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