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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According to rumors on the web;
A written question in UK Parliament was asked about the Turkish Goverment interest to HMS Ocean.
The question is answered by Mr Tobias Ellwood on Nov 13, revealed that “The Ministry of Defence has received an expression of interest from the Government of Turkey about the potential sale of HMS OCEAN soon-to-be-decommissioned “
The helicopter carrier was constructed in the mid-1990s and commissioned in September 1998.
In November 2015, the MoD confirmed that HMS Ocean is to be decommissioned in 2018.
For a final deployment the vessel is now serving as flagship to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Mediterranean.
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 Marines who operate four landing craft to take forces ashore. The 21,500 tonne amphibious assault ship has a top speed of 16 knots and a range in excess 8,000 miles.
Turkey is already building a landing helicopter dock which is based on the Spanish Navy’s (LHD) Juan Carlos I and designed by Navantia. The Turkish version of the ship will be named TCG Anadolu and planned to be delivered in 2021.
First steel on the ship, which will be registered as a light aircraft carrier by the Turkish Lloyd, was cut in May 2016, while delivery is scheduled for 2021.