The Royal Navy Fleet flagship HMS Ocean arrived in Devonport, on Dec. 19, after forecast of thick fog brought her final operational homecoming forward by a day.
Ocean, which will be decommissioned next year, left Plymouth at the end of August to serve as flagship of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean.
The ship was re-tasked and diverted from her NATO duties at the beginning of September to take vital humanitarian aid to British Overseas Territories (BOT) hit by Hurricane Irma before returning to resume her role as the NATO group flagship and take part in multi-national exercises.
On board during her deployment were Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando, helicopters from 820, 845 and 847 Naval Air Squadrons based in Culdrose and Yeovilton, and RAF Chinook helicopters.
HMS Ocean (L12)
HMS Ocean (L12) is a helicopter and Royal Marines carrier of the Royal Navy.
The ship is designed to deliver troops to the centre of the action by helicopter or by landing craft. The ship has six helicopter operating spots on her flight deck with space in the hangar to hold many more. HMS Ocean’s crew of 400 personnel includes Royal Marines who operate four landing craft to take forces ashore.
The 21,500-tonne amphibious assault ship was launched in 1995, has a top speed of 16 knots and a range in excess 8,000 miles on a single tank of fuel.