Emotional Cycle of Deployment

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Pictured - Elizabeth Storton (right), wife of HMS Ocean's Navigator, with sons Olaf, 6, and Toby, 4, welcoming the ship in.

There was the rare sight of Britain’s biggest warship passing Portsmouth’s famous Round Tower today as HMS Ocean paid a brief visit to the Hampshire naval base.

The helicopter carrier, which led the UK’s involvement in international exercises in the Baltic earlier this month, then popped into Kiel to represent the RN at the German city’s world-famous sailing regatta, is usually seen in Plymouth.

Her stop-off in Portsmouth this weekend allows her to take on supplies before heading south next week, for an international submarine-warfare exercise, also involving the Merlin helicopters of 814 Naval Air Squadron from Culdrose.

The exercise is intended as a ‘stepping stone’ to help the Royal Navy determine how it can protect its future aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales from submarine attack.

Emotional Cycle of Deployment

Deployment can be an emotional experience. Understanding the stages and feelings involved can help, please click here to see our guide to the Emotional Cycle of Deployment.