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HMS Ocean set for caribbean following Hurricane Irma

Credit: PA

The Ministry of Defence has announced that HMS Ocean will be sent to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The Plymouth-based warship is currently on her final deployment.

She will accompany a military task force to the Caribbean to support devastated communities.

Winds of 185 miles per hour has already destroyed areas in teh islands of Barbuda and St Martin. It is now heading for the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

HMS Ocean takes part in Baltic exercise

HMS Ocean sails under the Nyborg-Korsor bridge off Denmark Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Ocean has arrived in the Baltic Region for a major multi-national exercise.

The Plymouth-based Royal Navy amphibious warship is the NATO flagship for BALTOPS 2016.

16 other countries are taking part in the war-fighting exercise, which aims to show NATO's commitment to the Baltic Region.

HMS Ocean has the Commander Amphibious Task Force and Commander Land Forces onboard. Helicopters from 814 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons from RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset are also embarked.

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Plymouth's Royal visit

Queen visit to Devon Credit: PA: Steve Parsons

Her Majesty the Queen is due to make a special visit to HMS Ocean in Plymouth today.

The ships' company has spent the week rehearsing for the event and it's made even more special because the Queen is the sponsor of HMS Ocean and officially launched her in 1995.

Bugler Steven Booth, HM Royal Marines Band, is particularly looking forward to her visit.

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