R68 HMS Ocean

UK Royal Navy




1945 to 1958    



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


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History of UK R68 HMS Ocean

1942-aug-7Ordered
1942-nov-8Laid downYard no. 598
1944-jul-8Launched
1945-aug-8Commissioned
1945-dec-3Aircraftfirst carrier landing by a jet aircraft. A Sea Vampire flown by Eric Winkle Brown.
1946-janTrialsin the Mediterranean, as a Nightfighter carrier, completed Apr 1946
1948-mayDeploymentoperating in eastern Mediterranean, to cover withdrawal of British forces from Palestine.
1949-junHomeportMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta departed HMNB Devonport to serve with Mediterranean Fleet
1951-janRefituntil c May 1951
1952-janDeploymentdeparted Malta, to support Korean War operations in the Far East
1952-may-1Deploymentrelieved HMS Glory and transferred Dragonfly HR.1 VZ965 aboard as SAR Flt until c Aug 1952. Korean war service until 30 Oct.
1952-novDeploymentrelieved as duty Far East carrier by HMAS Sydney.
1953-may-17Deploymentagain 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-decHomeportHMD Devonport returned to HMNB Devonport
1954-janRefitat HMD Devonport until c Jun, to become a training carrier, to replace HMS Indefatigable (R10).
1956-junAircraft845 Squadron Whirlwind HAS.22 embarked. In mid Oct 1956, the unit then embarked on HMS Theseus
1956-aug-5Deploymentwith HMS Theseus, transported 16 Parachute Brigade to Cyprus, during preparations for Operation Musketeer.
1956-oct-19DeploymentDeparted UK for Malta, with JEHU embarked.
1956-nov-1DeploymentNile Delta Port Said Operation Musketeer Participated in Suez Canal rotary wing operations.
1957-jan-10AircraftAccident embarked Whirlwind HAS.22 WV199/T of 845 Sq ditched and sank off Malta
1957-may-27DeploymentCromarty Firth Fleet Review Took part in the Royal Review of the Home Fleet in the Cromarty Firth.
1958-marDecommissioned
1960-febStrucksold for scrap
1962-mayFate: scrappedscrapped at Faslane

Specifications

   

    from 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

Aircraft

   

    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy Sikorsky S-55 H-19 60


The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder

   

UK Alexander Stephen,