1945 to 1958    

R68 HMS Ocean

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: O
Call Sign: MVNZ
Shipyard: Alexander Stephen
See Also: LH Ocean class L12


History of UK HMS Ocean R68

1942-nov-08Laid downLaid down Yard no. 598
1945-dec-03AircraftAircraft first carrier landing by a jet aircraft. A Sea Vampire flown by Eric Winkle Brown.
1946-janTrialsTrials in the Mediterranean, as a Nightfighter carrier, completed Apr 1946
1948-mayDeploymentDeployment operating in eastern Mediterranean, to cover withdrawal of British forces from Palestine.
1949-junHomeportHomeport MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta departed HMNB Devonport to serve with Mediterranean Fleet
1951-janRefitRefit until c May 1951
1952-janDeploymentDeployment departed Malta, to support Korean War operations in the Far East
1952-may-01DeploymentDeployment relieved HMS Glory and transferred Dragonfly HR.1 VZ965 aboard as SAR Flt until c Aug 1952. Korean war service until 30 Oct.
1952-novDeploymentDeployment relieved as duty Far East carrier by HMAS Sydney.
1953-may-17DeploymentDeployment again relieved HMS Glory, on operations during the Korean War, until end of Oct. She returned to Hong Kong, having been relieved in turn by HMAS Sydney.
1953-decHomeportHomeport HMD Devonport returned to HMNB Devonport
1954-janRefitRefit at HMD Devonport until c Jun, to become a training carrier, to replace HMS Indefatigable (R10).
1956-junAircraftAircraft 845 Squadron Whirlwind HAS.22 embarked. In mid Oct 1956, the unit then embarked on HMS Theseus
1956-aug-05DeploymentDeployment with HMS Theseus, transported 16 Parachute Brigade to Cyprus, during preparations for Operation Musketeer.
1956-oct-19DeploymentDeployment Departed UK for Malta, with JEHU embarked.
1956-nov-01DeploymentDeployment Nile Delta Port Said Operation Musketeer Participated in Suez Canal rotary wing operations.
1957-jan-10AircraftAircraft Accident embarked Whirlwind HAS.22 WV199/T of 845 Sq ditched and sank off Malta
1957-may-27DeploymentDeployment Cromarty Firth Fleet Review Took part in the Royal Review of the Home Fleet in the Cromarty Firth.
1960-febStruckStruck sold for scrap
1962-mayFate: scrappedFate: scrapped scrapped at Faslane

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Colossus class
13190light (tn)
18400full load (tn)
211.80length (m)
24.40beam (m)
7.20draught (m)
12000range (nm)
25max speed (knots)
42000power (shp)

2Naval Engine steam turbines

32Naval Gun single 20 mm

1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 277

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