HMS Ocean set sail after a four-day visit

Mon, 28 May 2012

At 6.00am on Thursday 24 May HMS Ocean docked at the Port of Sunderland's Corporation Quay.

On Saturday 26 May the HMS Ocean crew took part in a city centre Freedom Parade. The parade started at the Civic Centre, and was led by The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and more than 200 members of the crew of HMS Ocean.
The Parade gathered at the Civic Centre at 3.00pm and then marched to the War Memorial where a short service took place at the War Memorial.

 On Sunday 27 May HMS Ocean welcomed aboard visitors for guided tours, meet the crew and explore the ship.
A group of sailors and marines also took part in the Big Bike Ride before setting off to Plymouth on their bikes in order to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Grace House North East Children's Hospice.

This was the ship's seventh visit to Sunderland and during the London 2012 Olympic Games, she will be moored in Greenwich to provide logistics support, accommodation and a helicopter landing site.

 Captain Andrew Betton, Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean said: "HMS Ocean has always cherished her links with the people of Sunderland and everybody on board is genuinely thrilled about bringing the ship home to her affiliated city."

Last year she spent 176 of the 229 days she was away from the UK at sea and steaming 40,000 miles in that time.

The ship was rewarded for her hard work in 2011 by being awarded the Royal Navy's effectiveness trophy for the second year running.

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