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Abbreviations


Armed Forces - Royal Navy - n3a4 - Royal Naval Vessels - Assault Ships - HMS Ocean - LPH - Landing Platform Helicopter - Albion Class - LPD- Landing Platform Docks

ROYAL NAVAL VESSELS

HMS OCEAN - LANDING PLATFORM HELICOPTER


OCEAN (LPH) LANDING PLATFORM HELICOPTER

HMS Ocean

HMS Ocean, an LPH (Landing Platform Helicopter) was built by Kvaerner Govan, on the Clyde, taking advantage of commercial build methods and facilities, before sailing for Barrow-in-Furness for fitting out prior to acceptance into service with the Royal Navy.


The hull of the ship was built to Merchant Navy standards at a cost of some £170 million.


The ship is capable of carrying an Air Group of 12 x Sea King troop lift helicopters and 6 x Lynx attack helicopters and 4 x Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP).

The vesselís secondary roles include afloat training, with a limited anti-submarine warfare capability and the possibility of being used as an afloat base for anti-terrorist operations.

During the 2012 Olympic Games HMS Ocean was moored on the Thames and provided essential command and security support to the security services. Currently the Royal Navyís largest warship, in late 2012 it was announced that HMS Ocean would undergoing a comprehensive upgrade at Devonport Royal Dockyard, This upgrade will take about 15 months and cost approximately £65 million.

OCEAN LPH Specifications
Max Speed 19 knots
Range 8000nm at 15 knots
Displacement 21,758 tons
Length 203.4m / 667.3ft

Beam

34m / 111.5ft
Complement 285 + 206 Air Group plus
up to 830 Marines (Marine Commando Group)
Armament 3 x Vulcan Phalanx Mk 15 Close-in Weapon Systems
8 x Oerlikon/BMARC 20mm GAM-B03 (4 twin)
Aircraft 12 x Sea King HC4/Merlin Helicopters
6 x Lynx (or navalised variants of WAH-64 Apache)
Military lift 4 x LCVP Mk 5 (on davits)
2 x Griffon hovercraft
40 x vehicles



NAME DATE COMMISSIONED
HMS Ocean 1998 (Planned out of service date 2022)


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