Warship's Thames Exercise

The Royal Navy's largest warship has sailed up the Thames to take part in military exercises ahead of the Olympic Games. The eight day 'Olympic Guardian' operation has also seen rapier missiles stationed in Blackheath and fighter jets in the skies.

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Video: HMS Ocean eases through Thames barrier

Royal Navy warship HMS Ocean has arrived in London to take part in security drills ahead of the Olympics.

The ship completes the military presence in London for Operation Olympic Guardian.

Typhoon jets have also been stationed at RAF Northolt, puma helicopters are operating from Ilford, and ground based air defences are being tested with dummy missiles at six sites across London.

Defence Secretary: 'warship will be a reassuring presence'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was taken on board HMS Ocean by a landing craft, as it made its way up the Thames to Greenwich.

He addressed the ship's company in the hangar before taking a tour of the vessel.

He said:

"There are no specific threats to the Olympic Games but we're going to have very large numbers of foreign visitors in London."

"The world's eyes will be upon us and we want to make absolute sure that we do everything to maintain the security and safety of the Games.

"Ocean's presence on the Thames, I hope, will be a very great reassurance to people attending the Games."

– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond
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