HMS Ocean arrived home from deployment tonight (Tuesday) instead of a planned arrival tomorrow (Wednesday). This is due to forecast fog.
The Royal Navy Fleet Flagship HMS Ocean return to her base-port of Devonport in Plymouth at about 6.30pm from her deployment. HMS Ocean will be decommissioned next year after an illustrious career.
The amphibious warfare commando helicopter carrier ends her career with the Royal Navy on a very busy note having left Plymouth at the end of August as the flag ship of a NATO Maritime Group on security duties in the Mediterranean region protecting the international shipping routes critical to UK trade.
The ship was re-tasked and diverted from her NATO duties at the beginning of September to take vital humanitarian aid to British Overseas Territories hit by Hurricane Irma before returning to resume her role as the NATO Group flagship and take part in multi-national exercises.
On board during her deployment were Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando, helicopters from 820, 845 and 847 Royal Naval Air Squadron based in Culdrose and Yeovilton and RAF Chinook helicopters.
The crew will depart on Christmas leave after leaving the ship.