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HMS Ocean and Royal Navy Freedom Parade

HMS Ocean arrived on the River Wear on Thursday. Credit: ITV

More than 200 officers and ratings from Sunderland's adopted warship HMS Ocean are to parade through the city centre later today.

The freedom parade is part of a four-day visit by the Royal Navy's largest warship.

HMS Ocean and her crew were granted the Freedom of the City in 2004.

The parade's route is:

Burdon Road, into Fawcett Street, High Street West, Union Street, Market Square, Waterloo Place, Holmeside and returning into Burdon Road.

On Sunday 27 May, HMS Ocean is open to the public between 10am and 4pm at Corporation Quay, access for pedestrians via Low Street entrance. City centre and on-street parking is available.

HMS Ocean returning to Sunderland

More than 200 crew from Sunderland's adopted warship HMS Ocean will parade through the city centre on Saturday 26th May. It's part of a four day visit by the Royal Navy's largest warship. HMS Ocean and her crew were granted the Freedom of the City in 2004.

I’m really looking forward to bringing HMS Ocean to her affiliated city of Sunderland. Everybody on board is excited about it, particularly as we were unable to visit last year because of our operational deployment to Libya and the Gulf of Oman. It will be a particular honour to exercise the Freedom of the City on the Saturday and then to give people the opportunity to look around the Royal Navy’s largest warship when we open to visitors on the Sunday.

– Captain Andrew Betton, Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean
  • 3.30pm Parade steps off from rear of Civic Centre to Burdon Road, War Memorial
  • 3.30 - 4.10pm Service at War Memorial
  • 4.10pm Parade marches through city centre