HMS Ocean (1998) LPH (6th)
This the sixth to carry the name, HMS Ocean, is a type of ship designated Landing Platform Helicopter, or LPH. Basically an amphibious helicopter carrier.
Built by Kvaerner Govan on the Clyde, and fitted out at Vickers of Barrow, laid down 30-May-1994, launched 11-Oct-1995, and commissioned 30-Sep-1998.
Completed her trials programme and initial BOST (Basic Operational Sea Training) in the spring of 1999.
The Amphibious Helicopter Carrier was originally conceived in the mid-1980's to provide the sort of amphibious assault capabilities last offered by HM Ships Albion and Bulwark. The ship's primary role is to carry an Embarked Military Force (EMF) supported by 12 medium support helicopters, 6 attack helicopters and 4 Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) Mk 5 Landing Craft.
Her secondary roles include afloat training, a limited
anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platform and a base for anti-terrorist
Carries the pennant number L12.
Took part in the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review.
Began a 12 month refit 2007 which was completed 24-Sep-2008.
In service Apr-2011.
Won the Battle Honour: Al Faw 2003.
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22 December, 2012.
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