On Jan. 2, 2018, U.K. Defence Journal reported that Brazil has finally decided for the acquisition of the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean from the United Kingdom.
The HMS Ocean, an amphibious assault vessel that carries 18 helicopters, is due to leave service in March and will then be recommissioned in the Brazilian navy.
Less than four years ago the Royal Navy trumpeted HMS’s Ocean’s return to front-line service after a 15-month refit costing £65million.
On Jan. 2, 2018, U.K. Defence Journal reported that Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann had confirmed the purchase. Brazil will pay almost $115 million for Ocean, but it is uncertain if that cost will include what was spent in refit or refurbishment of the ship.
The HMS Ocean
The 667ft-long HMS Ocean is an amphibious helicopter carrier and the Royal Navy’s biggest ship at a staggering 21,500 tonnes.
With a top speed of 18 knots – equivalent to around 21 mph – the ship can accommodate almost 1,300 people and 40 vehicles.
And there is still enough space left on board for 18 helicopters, including the Apache, the Merlin Mk3 and the Chinook Mk2.
The ship was first launched on 11 October 1995, and was later named at Barrow by Her Majesty the Queen in February 1998.
Since then, she has been deployed on various Royal Navy missions – including reducing stranded military personnel after the air travel disruption after the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
In 2002, the ship sparked a diplomatic incident when she accidentally landed on the San Felipe beach in the Spanish town of La Linea instead of Gibraltar, as various media outlets labelled the mistake as an “invasion”.