HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship, has sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for the last time before she decommissions from the Royal Navy.
The helicopter carrier and assault ship arrived on Friday to bid farewell to the city before she returns to her homeport of Devonport, Plymouth.
Since her commissioning into Royal Navy in 1998, HMS Ocean has been involved in Operation Palliser during the Sierra Leone civil war in 2000, Operation Telic off the coast of Iraq in 2003, Operation Ellamy as part of an international coalition in Libya in 2011 and most recently the hurricane relief contingent on Operation Ruman in the Caribbean.
The ship has spent 11 of the last 16 months deployed on operations overseas during which time she has covered almost 50,000 miles.
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