As Christmas approaches, not all of those representing us abroad will be home – but the crew of HMS Ocean will, and have celebrated in an unusual way…
The vessel was originally scheduled to be away for a 7 week deployment exercise, but were then diverted to Libya
They are now due back on 9th December after 7½ months away – 225 days with 176 at sea
400 people onboard (at peak during the amphibious exercises just under 900 onboard but approx 650 during Op Ellamy)
Steamed just over 40,000 miles, Burned approx 6,000 tonnes of fuel, Operated 16 different type of aircraft off the deck,
But it doesn’t appear to have been all hard work!!…
Realities of deploying:
15 babies born while the ship has been away (fathers did get home to see mum and baby)
5 people were sent home so they didn’t miss their own weddings.
1 sailor whose son’s third birthday is on homecoming. Family meeting ship
Ships company have missed:
Children’s exam results
Children finishing school and starting university
The Padre missed his daughter’s graduation.
The ship’s company made a Christmas DVD when they heard they would be home for Christmas