After lots of time away last year (214 days) — planned for 7 week deployment exercise with other nations the crew of HMS Ocean were diverted to Libya and further operations. They were back on 9 Dec 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). They Steamed just over 40,000 miles
Burned approx 6,000 tonnes of fuel and operated 16 different type of aircraft off the deck
The 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.
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. Awesome stuff!