HMS Ocean on the Thames


HMS Ocean, pennant number L12, is one of the Royal Navy’s amphibious assault ship and sole landing platform helicopter (LPH).

HMS Ocean L12 (2) @ Gallions Reach 07-08-15

It is designed to transport troops and equipment and then put them ashore using either helicopters (she can support all current UK Military helicopter types) or the 4 embarked Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) as well as having loading ramps that can be used whilst in port.

HMS Ocean L12 (6) @ Gallions Reach 07-08-15

HMS Ocean had previously visited London on two occasions in 2012 as part of the Olympic Games security measures and has recently undergone maintenance prior to assuming the role as the Royal Navy’s Flagship and this visit was in part to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe day.

HMS Ocean L12 (5) @ Greenwich 10-05-15

The ship had taken part in the recent Joint Warrior exercise off Scotland and was return to her homeport via a port visit to her affiliated city of Sunderland and London.

On this occasion two helicopters were on board , both being Sea King ASaC7 AEW helicopters.

Sea King XV697 on HMS Ocean L12 (6) @ Greenwich 10-05-15

On the Sunday HMS Ocean was open to visitors who were able to see inside her helicopter hanger and to go up on to the flight deck where one of the Sea Kings and an LCVP were open for inspection.

Flight Deck & Island on HMS Ocean L12 (1) @ Greenwich 10-05-15

LCVP Mk5 N3 on HMS Ocean L12 (3) @ Greenwich 10-05-15

Sea King ZA126 on HMS Ocean L12 (2) @ Greenwich 10-05-15

As with all Navy vessels HMS Ocean is equipped with a number of weapons systems for close-in defence (her primary protection would come from other vessels in the Task Force) which includes four 30mm Mark 44 Bushmaster II cannon (as also fitted to HMS Middleton) plus three Phalanx CIWS mounts.

30mm Mark 44 Bushmaster II cannon on HMS Ocean L12 (3) @ Greenwich 10-05-15

Phalanx CIWS on HMS Ocean L12 (2) @ Greenwich 10-05-15

Whilst moored in Greenwich she was being looked after by both the Ministry of Defence Police in their launch Endeavour and also the Metropolitan Police.

HMS Ocean + MDP Endeavour @ Greenwich 10-05-15

The Met looking after HMS Ocean @ Greenwich 10-05-15

A few more pictures can be seen here.

HMS Ocean L12 flying the flag in London (2) @ Greenwich 10-05-15

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