Albion prepares for amphibious test after plaudits for her regeneration

The clouds do their best to obscure the harvest moon which casts its bright light on a docked-down HMS Albion as a large LCU Mk10 landing craft returns to ‘mother’, carrying the naval leaders of tomorrow for their first extended period at sea: six weeks aboard assault ship. As you read this, the future flagship (she assumes the title next year from Ocean), is beginning a month and a half of intensive amphibious training – her core business – as part of her Operational Sea Training (OST) package, after which…

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HMS Ocean begins hurricane relief effort

Teams from HMS Ocean have thrown themselves into the relief effort on their first day on the ground in the British Virgin Islands. As soon as the helicopter carrier arrived off Tortola yesterday morning, sailors, soldiers and Royal Marines were landed to bolster the efforts of 40 Commando and 59 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, who have been on the ground for the past fortnight. With nine helicopters and four landing craft, and 60 tonnes of aid in her hangar – building material, heavy plant, humanitarian aid and medical supplies –…

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HMS Ocean tracks weather as she speeds to hurricane zone

HMS Ocean is heading into the ‘Atlantic hurricane conveyor belt’ at top speed as she races to deliver crucial aid to Britons in the Caribbean. Filled with aid from the UK and Gibraltar Governments – trucks, food, temporary shelters, building materials and toys – the helicopter carrier is following in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the latest storm to smash its way through the islands of the Caribbean. Ocean is due to reach the region at the end of the week, which has meant the staff of her Hydrographic Meteorological…

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Royal Navy appoints first seagoing Captain for HMS Prince of Wales

The first seagoing Captain of the Royal Navy’s second new aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, will be Captain Stephen Moorhouse. The announcement was made at an event at the Institute of Directors in London just two days before the warship is officially named in Rosyth. Captain Moorhouse is a former Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean and HMS Lancaster, known as the ‘Queen’s Frigate’ because Her Majesty is the ship’s sponsor. He will take over next year from Captain Ian Groom, who is serving as the Senior Naval Officer on…

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HMS Ocean and RFA Mounts Bay diverted to deliver disaster relief in the Caribbean

Royal Navy fleet flagship HMS Ocean has been diverted from a planned task to provide vital humanitarian aid to Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma and in the path of Hurricane José. The helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship will join Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay, providing logistical and medical support. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the change of tasking following a COBRA meeting today. “With the danger posed by Hurricane Jose which will hit areas already affected by the storms, we are diverting a second ship to the…

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