Royal Navy has announced that HMS Ocean was officially decommissioned in Devonport on 27 March.
The Queen was welcomed to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport as guest of honour at the ceremony. She was joined by the head of the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones and more than 500 of the ship’s company, their families and affiliates of the ship.
The ship officially leaves service with the Royal Navy this week after an eventful 20-year history. During her busy career HMS Ocean has shown she is not only a warship that can engage the enemy, but engages with the world as a symbol of UK influence.
In her 20 years of service, HMS Ocean has been involved in operations off Sierra Leone (2000), off Iraq (2003), off Libya (2011) and, most recently, humanitarian operations in the Caribbean.
The vessel has been sold for GBP84 million (USD118 million) to Brazil and will be handed over in June.
The new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will eventually take on the role as the nation’s new flagships.
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