Queen to Attend HMS Ocean Decommissioning Service

Queen to Attend HMS Ocean Decommissioning Service


Tuesday 27th March

Her Majesty The Queen will visit Plymouth to attend the decommissioning ceremony for HMS Ocean, on Tuesday 27th March.

She will arrive at Plymouth Railway Station by Royal Train and proceed by car to HMNB Devonport. To mark The Queen’s arrival at the base there will be a 21 Gun Salute.

The car will proceed to HMS Ocean where The Queen will be met by Captain Robert Pedre, Commanding Officer, who will present Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord, and Commodore Ian Shipperly, the Naval Base Commander.

The Queen will proceed to the dais for the Royal Salute and decommissioning ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, and as the ship’s Lady Sponsor, The Queen will say a few words.

The Queen will proceed onboard by car via the ship’s ramp to attend lunch. After which she will meet with families and ship’s personnel before departing by car.

There will be a 21 Gun Salute as The Queen leaves Devonport. The Queen will leave Plymouth Station by Royal Train.

HMS Ocean, or the Mighty O as she is known throughout the Fleet, is paying off, having completed 20 years of service. Ocean has been involved in operations off Sierra Leone (2000), Iraq (2003), Libya (2011), and, most recently she carried out humanitarian operations in the Caribbean following the disastrous affects that Hurricane Irma wreaked in British Overseas Territories. Her deployments pays testament to her extraordinary operational record spanning two decades of Royal Navy service.

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