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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.


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.

Hundreds of jobs secured at Devonport

HMS Ocean entering 10 dock at Devonport for her refit Credit: MoD

The Ministry of Defence says 300 jobs have been secured at Devonport following the announcement that HMS Ocean is to receive a £65 million upgrade.

The Royal Navy’s largest warship played a starring role during the London 2012 Olympics.

Her upgrade will be carried out at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth and will be the largest upkeep programme of its kind to be carried out at the docks in more than 20 years.

Riggers at Devonport - the contract has secured 300 jobs at the dockyard Credit: MoD

The contract has been awarded to UK maritime support specialists Babcock, securing 300 jobs at Devonport. More than 70 contractors are also set to be involved in the project, securing a further 300 jobs across the UK.

During the refit, which is expected to last 15 months, upgrades and improvements will be made to her radar, gun, command system and living quarters. Around 1,200 metres of new pipe work will be laid and around 100,000 litres of paint will be applied to the ship.

The refit is expected to take 15 months Credit: MoD


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