Amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean (L12)

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Classification

Type:
type: Amphibious assault ship

Basic information

Renamed:

PHM Atlântico (commissioned for Brazilian Navy in 2018)

Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering, Ltd (VSEL)
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:
IMO number:
9 079 456
MMSI:
710509000

Ship measurements

Displacement:
21500 t
Length:
203.4 m
Beam:
35 m
Draught:
6.5 m

Machine

Propulsion:

2 * Crossley Pielstick 12 cylinder

Speed:
18 knots
Range:
8,000 miles (13,000 km)

Crew

Complement:
465
Ship's company:
285
Air wing:
180

Combat assets

Troops:
830
Capacity:

40 vehicles

Boats & landing craft:
  • 1 * Seaboat (Pacific 22 Mk2)
  • 4 * LCVP Mk5B
Electronics:
  • Type 997 Artisan radar
  • Type 1008 Navigational Radar
  • 2 * Type 1007 Aircraft Control Radar
  • UAT Electronic Support Measures
  • DLH decoy Launchers
  • Surface Ship Torpedo Defence (SSTD)
Armament:
  • 4 * 30mm DS30M Mk2 guns
  • 3 * Phalanx CIWS (removed before transfer to Brazilian Navy)
  • 4 * Miniguns
  • 8 * General purpose machine guns
Aircraft:
  • Up-to 18 helicopters:AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat, Merlin, Boeing Chinook, Westland Apache
  • Large flight deck
  • Hangar deck
  • Helicopter lifts
  • Vehicle deck

HMS Ocean is an amphibious assault ship, formerly the UK's helicopter carrier and the fleet flagship of the Royal Navy. She was designed to support amphibious landing operations and to support the staff of Commander UK Amphibious Force and Commander UK Landing Force. She was constructed in the mid-1990s by Kvaerner Govan on the River Clyde and fitted out by VSEL at Barrow-in-Furness prior to trials and subsequent acceptance in service. Ocean was commissioned in September 1998 at her home port HMNB Devonport, Plymouth.

In December 2017, the Brazilian Navy confirmed the purchase of the ship for (GBP) £84.6 million. Following her decommissioning from Royal Navy service on 27 March 2018. She arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 25 August 2018, with the intention of being commissioned and fully operational by 2020.

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