HMS Ocean departs after Olympic Games duties

16:06 12 September 2012

HMS Ocean prepares to set sail from its home of the last few weeks. Picture by Kay Atwal

HMS Ocean prepares to set sail from its home of the last few weeks. Picture by Kay Atwal

Archant

After weeks of guarding London during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, HMS Ocean and her crew left Greenwich today in a low key departure.

Empty aircraft hangar on board HMS Ocean. Picture by Kay AtwalEmpty aircraft hangar on board HMS Ocean. Picture by Kay Atwal

There was no fanfare or fuss onboard the helicopter ship, which quietly sailed down the River Thames with the help of four tugs and a police escort to help her navigate the narrow channel.

Although her quiet, understated departure contrasted with her high profile arrival in Greenwich in May, it was in keeping with the calm, competent role she and her crew performed during the Games.

The atmosphere on board the vessel was akin to someone about to move house as the flight deck was empty of aircraft, making it look huge, as was the aircraft hangar below.

Another deck which usually houses vehicles contained crates and other large items tied down.

Even the flight deck had trucks and pallets tied down in readiness for the ship’s move to Plymouth where she is due to undergo a refit.

Crowds of people and groups of schoolchildren lined sides of the River Thames as she sailed gracefully towards the sea.

Sailors stood in groups and waved as they took a last look at the view.

Read about Kay Atwal’s experience on board HMS Ocean in the Newham Recorder.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Friday, May 22, 2015
The body was found near Eel Pie Island [Photograph from Google StreetView]

The dead body of a man was found in the river today near Eel Pie Island.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Police are 'extremely concerned' for Kaylie, who is believed to be in the company of Fred Finch [Photographs from Metropolitan Police]

Detectives are appealing for the public’s help to trace a vulnerable 16-year-old girl who has gone missing and is believed to be in the company of an older man.

Friday, May 22, 2015
King's Cross has been evacuated (Picture by Jake Ellacott)

King’s Cross station is open again after a fire alarm led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of bank holiday travellers.

Friday, May 22, 2015
(Picture:: PA)

There are severe delays on the Central Line after a woman was hit by a Tube train.

Friday, May 22, 2015
The woman was dragged through the gates of Brockwell Park in Brixton and raped

A 41-year-old woman was dragged into Brockwell Park in Herne Hill, near Brixton, before being raped by two men.

Breaking News

Friday, May 22, 2015

There are severe delays on the Central Line after a woman was hit by a Tube train.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more