On the morning of February 19, in Plymouth, England, the Director General of Marine Material, Fleet Admiral Luiz Henrique Caroli, representing the Brazilian Navy, signed the HMS “Ocean” transfer agreement with the Ministry authorities of the British Defense.
Having been incorporated into the Royal Navy (UK) in 1998, the HMS “Ocean” was designed to carry out amphibious operations with embedded helicopters and Royal Marines, of humanitarian aid, such as occurred in September 2017, when that ship watched the Caribbean people who were plagued by Hurricane Irma.
In the Brazilian Navy, HMS “Ocean” will be employed in helicopter air operations, amphibious operations with Marine troops and Maritime Area Control missions to protect our Maritime Communications Lines, as well as assistance to natural disasters and support for peacekeeping operations.
The merger of HMS “Ocean” into MB will be on June 29, 2018, and the ship transfer process is expected to be completed by the end of July, arriving in Brazil in August. Until then, the Brazilian crew will take courses in the RN, in companies manufacturing equipment and intensive training, and the ship will perform maintenance and dockage services in a British shipyard, so that it is received in its best conditions of material and preparation of our people.
The HMS “Ocean” has the following characteristics:
· Total length: 203,43 m;
· Displacement loaded: 21,578 t;
· Maximum sustained speed (VMM) predicted in project: 18.0 knots;
· Range of action: 8,000 nautical miles;
· Accommodation for troops: 806 Marines; and
· Aircraft on board: 18 helicopters.
The ship has the capacity to operate simultaneously up to 7 aircraft on its flight deck, being able to use all types of helicopters belonging to the Brazilian Navy Squadrons: Seahawk (SH-16), Cougar (UH-15 A / B) ; Lynx (AH-11B), Squirrel (UH-12/13), Bell Jet Ranger III (IH-6B) and Super Puma (UH-14).
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FAREWELL HMS OCEAN - HMS OCEAN L12 ENTERS DEVONPORT FOR THE FINAL TIME - 9th February 2018
Published on Feb 9, 2018
HMS Ocean Amphibious assault ship
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The HMS Ocean is an amphibious assault ship, commissioned with the Royal Navy in 1998. This vessel supported amphibious landing operations. It was a sole member of its class. A sister ship was planned, but these plans were abandoned before any order was placed. The HMS Ocean had a planned service life of 20 year. This amphibious ship was refitted and upgraded in 2014. In 2018 it was decommissioned and replaced in service by HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is a much more capable warship. In 2018 the HMS Ocean was sold to Brazil. After some modifications in UK, it was planed that it will be delivered to Brazilian Navy during 2018.
Hull of the HMS Ocean is based on Invincible class design, with a modified superstructure. It was designed to meet specific needs of amphibious operations.
The HMS Ocean has complement of 284 officers and crew. Fleet air crew consists of 206 men. Typical troop capacity is 480 marines, however for a short periods of time this ship can accommodate up to 800 marines. The HMS Ocean can carry six light guns, 40 light vehicles and 34 trailers. The ship carries and uses four Lading Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) Mk.5 or two Griffon hovercraft to deliver troops and equipment ashore. However the HMS Ocean was not designed to transport and land main battle tanks.
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The ship has a large flight deck (170 x 33 m) with six landing and six parking spots for helicopters. There is also a hangar with two aircraft elevators. Typically air wing consists of 12 medium support helicopters (EH.101 Merlin, CH-47 Chinook, Westland Commando) and 6 attack helicopters (Lynx AH.7, WAH-64D). The HMS Ocean can transport up to 15 Harrier II aircraft in the ferry role, however it is unable to operate as an aircraft carrier.
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The only defensive weapons of the HMS Ocean are four Oerlikon twin 30 mm guns and three 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapon systems. Vessel is capable of limited anti-submarine warfare activities. So normally this warship must be escorted by other surface combatants that provide protection against seaborne, underwater and air threats.
Vessel is propelled by two Crossley Pielstick diesel engines, rated at 23 900 hp. Power is delivered by two independent shafts. It is also fitted with a single bow thruster. The ship has a cruising range of 8 000 miles (12 800 km) at 10 knots (18.5 km/h). Source: military-today.com
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