OCEAN (LPH) LANDING PLATFORM HELICOPTER
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