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HMS Ocean  was the fifth Carrier of the Class, but did not sea operational service during world war two. Built at Glasgow by Alexander Stephen and Sons, at the linthouse shipyard. her first keel plates were laid on 8th November 1942.  (this ship was the biggest ship built by this yard. (beating the previous largest a Ocean liner Viceroy of India by some 80 feet)  She was launched on the 8th July 1944, by Lady Olive Willis the wife of the second sea lord Vice-Admiral Sir Algernon Willis.  because of the size of the ship, al available tugs were at the ships disposal,  The ship was completed 8th August 1945.

Displacement: 13,190 tons, standard, and 18,040 tons deep load.

Speed: 25 knots,  Compliment: 1300    Aircraft 37   Armament:   thirty one  2 pounder Pom poms)

HMS Ocean, c,1947.

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HMS Ocean, 1948.

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HMS Ocean at Venice, April 1949.

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HMS Ocean, May 1957.

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HMS Ocean, October 1947.

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HMS Ocean, May 1957.

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HMS Ocean at Venice in April 1949.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

HMS Ocean passing through the Suez Canal, where during her transit she grounded for 8 hours. RAF tempest aircraft are stowed.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

HMS Ocean leaving Portsmouth for Oslo and the funeral of King Haakon VII.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

HMS Ocean as part of the Home Fleet Training Squadron passes Drake's Island as she leaves Devonport.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

HMS Ocean.

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HMS Ocean 

Pictured at the Grand Harbour courtesy of Tom Lyons who also has pictures of crew members taken with an old Box Brownie.

HMS Ocean, Korean War 1953.

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Photo taken from HMS Ocean of Kure, 1953, during the Korean War.

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HMS Ocean in the Forth

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HMS Triumph at sea in the Far East shortly before the outbreak of the Korean War.

(photographs courtesy of Neil McHart and FAN Publishing from the book Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers).

Commanding Officers

Her first Commanding Officer was Captain Casper John,  RN who joined the ship in may 1945.

16th November 1946 - Captain A W Clarke  CBE DSO RN
6th may 1948 -  Captain W R C Leggatt DSO RN
21st November 1948 -  Captain R F Elkins OBE RN
3rd April 1950 -  Captain B E W Logan RN
31st July 1950 -  Captain R C V Ross  DSO  RN
18th June 1951 - Captain  C L G Evans DSO DSC RN
4th December 1952 - Captain B E W Logan  RN
9th August 1954 - Captain H C Browne CBE DSO  RN
4th April 1955 - Captain E G Roper DSO DSC RN
13th September 1956 - Captain I W T Beloe  DSC  RN
1st June 1957 - Captain J Smallwood  RN

This is the last photo I can find of my father on HMS Ocean 1946  It was either at Malta or Corfu when this photograph was taken.   My father is Peter Raymond BURR - bottom right (kneeling). Frances L Burr Dyer

Peter Burr on board HMS Ocean c.1947 - Peter is bottom right kneeling. Photo courtesy of Frances L Burr Dyer

John Verlander (left) and other members of the crew of HMS Ocean at Baracca Gardens, Malta, between Nov 1945 and June 1946

John Verlander (left) and another member of the crew of HMS Ocean at Baracca Gardens, Malta, between Nov 1945 and June 1946

 
 

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 With the morning sun glinting on their fuselages, P-51 Mustangs of the 78th Fighter Group cross the Dutch coastline far below, as they head back towards their base at Duxford, England at the end of a long sweep east of the Rhine crossing, Spring 1945.  The final months of the war in Europe lie ahead, and for the P-51 pilots victory is within sight.  Finally, after years of toil, the sky was theirs.

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 Squadron Leader J R Baldwin passes above a section of Mulberry Harbour near Arromanches, late in June 1944, his personalised Hawker Typhoon bearing the codes JBII.

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Bismarck Replies to HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman.
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