HMS Ocean celebrated a successful period at sea with a rare chance for families to see round the largest warship in the Royal Navy during a families’ day in Plymouth.
More than 1,200 people enjoyed a day of ship tours and activities as the crew showed off the results of their efforts to their families and friends at HM Naval Base, Devonport.
Children and parents alike enjoyed seeing where their loved ones work, sleep and rest and give their special visitors an insight into their jobs.
The summer has been particularly successful for the crew of HMS Ocean – her sea trials went particularly well with propulsion, steering, sensors and weapons tests going well and the crew themselves exercised in all their roles.
This programme was all absorbing, coming as it did at the end of a very demanding year converting the ship from an industrial site, after a refit, to a running warship.
For many of the crew, with their loved ones living across the UK, it is the first chance for them to show their families how they have been filling their days.
The event is also a way of thanking families for their support before the ship embarks on further training and operations.