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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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 Sqn Ldr Billy Drake is shown in Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk1a ET790 claiming a Ju87 Stuka  on the 31st of October 1942.  Sqn Ldr Drake commanded  112 Squadron flying Kittyhawks at Gambut on 24th May 1942.  He claimed a probable Bf109 on 6th June, another probable on  2nd July, destroyed a Bf109 on the 8th, damaged a Ju88 on the ground on the 19th, destroyed a Bf109 on the 24th, two Ju87s on  the 1st September and another Bf109 on the 13th.  Drake shared a Ju87 and probably destroyed another on 1st October 1942, got a probable Bf109 on the 22nd, destroyed another on the 26th, an Me202 on the 27th, a Ju87 on the 31st, a Bf109 destroyed and another damaged on 5th November, a Bf109 destroyed on the ground on the 11th, an He111 destroyed and a Bf109 damaged on the 15th, a Bf110 destroyed and another damaged on the 19th, an Me202 and a Bf109 destroyed on 11th December and he finally shared a Bf109 on the 13th.  Drake was awarded a Bar to the DFC (28.7.42) and the DSO (4.12.42).

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 Tribute to the ground crew of Bomber Command. Ground crew inspect and prepare the engines of a Stirling bomber as it is refuelled in preparation for that nights mission.

Stirling Work by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Flying as Leader of B Flight, 41 Sqn, on 15th August 1940, Pilot Officer Ted Shipman and the rest of his flight found themselves among a mass of Messerschmitt Bf.110s that had been detailed to escort a bomber force of Heinkel He111s on a raid on the North of England.  Having made one head-on attack on one of the Bf.110s, Shipman manoeuvred his Spitfire Mk.1 onto the tail of another and fired a long burst into it.  This was M8+CH of Oberleutnant Hans-Ulrich Kettling of 1./ZG76 and rear Gunner / Radio Operator O/ Gefr Volk, whose starboard engine burst into flames and disappeared into the dense cloudbase.  Shipman claimed this initially as a probable, but it was later confirmed as a victory when the aircraft was found to have crash landed at Streatham Nr Barnard Castle.  Spitfire K9805 (EB-L) is depicted breaking off the attack as Kettling's stricken Bf.110 begins to burn.  Ted Shipman would go on to serve with the Royal Air Force until December 1959 retiring as a Wing Commander.  Ted would also go onto become friends with  Hans-Ulrich Kettling, the pilot he shot down.

Tribute to Pilot Officer Ted Shipman by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 En route to the dams of the Ruhr Valley, the first wave of three specially adapted Avro Lancasters roar across the Dutch wetlands on the night of 16 -17th May 1943 led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, their mission to breach the Mohne and Eder dams, thus robbing the German war machine of valuable hydro-electric power and disrupting the water supply to the entire area. Carrying their unique, Barnes Wallis designed 'Bouncing Bomb' and flying at just 30m above the ground to avoid radar detection, 617 Squadron's Lancasters forged their way into the enemy territories, following the canals of the Netherlands and flying through forest fire traps below treetop height to their targets. Gibson's aircraft ('G'-George) is nearest with 'M'-Mother of Fl/Lt Hopgood off his port wing and 'P'-Peter (Popsie) of Fl/Lt Martin in the distance.

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 Spitfire L1000 (DW-R) of No.610 Sqn is terminally damaged by an Me109 over Dunkirk on 29th May 1940.  The Spitfire pilot, Flying Officer Gerald Kerr is listed is missing after this combat.

Kerrs Last Combat by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Hurricanes of 607 County of Durham Squadron diving down and attacking Heinkels over the Needles on the Isle of Wight, after a raid on the southern coast. 607 squadron were stationed at nearby Tangmere from the start of September 1940 and saw continuous action throughout the Battle of Britain until the 16th October, when it withdrew to Scotland having raised its total victory to 102. Also aiding in the pursuit are Spitfires of 602 City of Glasgow Squadron based at Westhampnett.

Hurricanes Over the Needles by Graeme Lothian. (YB)
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 A swordfish from HMS Warspite on patrol off the coast of Egypt, near the port of Alexandria.

Out of Alex by David Pentland.
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 Hawker Hurricane IIc of top Czech ace Flt. Lt. K.M. Kuttlewascher, No.1 Fighter Squadron on a night intruder sortie from RAF Tangmere. On this mission he destroyed three Heinkel IIIs over their own airfield, St. Andre, in occupied France.

Night Reaper, 4th May 1942 by David Pentland. (D)
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 Spearheading the Falklands Task Force as it heads south in 1982, the carrier HMS Hermes is shown in company with two Type 21 frigates, HMS Arrow on the left and HMS Ardent in the near foreground.  In the far distance, HMS Glamorgan glints in the sun as Type 42 HMS Sheffield cuts across behind Hermes.

HMS Hermes by Ivan Berryman.
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HMS Coventry comes under air attack from aircraft off Tobruk, 14th September 1942.  As well as losing the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Coventry, the Allies also lost  HMS Zulu and six coastal craft sunk by bombing as they were returning from Tobruk.  HMS Coventry was rated as one of the most effective anti-aircraft ships in the entire British navy, downing more aircraft than any other ship.

HMS Coventry by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 17th February 1943, U-201 with U-69 were ordered to intercept the westbound convoy ONS165. With fuel low U-201 was eventually forced to surface following a depth charge attack and rammed by the Destroyer HMS Fame.

U-201 Deadly Chase by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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HMS Ark Royal after a recent refit, rejoins the fleet in 2001.

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 On the 1st of August 1798, thirteen French ships of the line sat anchored in Aboukir Bay off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, in support of Napoleon who was inland with his troops attempting to conquer the country. As nighttime approached so did Lord Horatio Nelson and the British fleet. Nelson had been hunting Napoleon at sea for months; at Aboukir Bay he had found the French fleet, trapped and unprepared for battle. Nelsons audacious plan was to attack the French on their unprotected prot side, the plan had its risks; the whole of the British fleet could run aground in the shallows - but Nelson knew the waters too well. The Battle of the Nile was one of the most decisive in the history of naval warfare. By the end of the battle nearly all the French ships were sunk or captured. The 124-gun flagship - and the pride of the French navy - LOrient, had exploded with such ferocity that it halted the battle for over ten minutes. Napoleons ability to dominate the region had been crushed, whilst Nelson was to become a hero throughout the whole of Britain.

Battle of the Nile by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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 The Queen Elizabeth class battleship HMS Malaya is pictured at Capetown in April 1942 en route to Durban from Gibraltar. A veteran of the First World War, Malaya took part in the Battle of Jutland, receiving eight hits, and going on to serve throughout World War Two, surviving a torpedo off Cape Verde in 1941. She is seen here about to recover her Fairey Swordfish floatplane beneath the dramatic outline of Table Mountain.

HMS Malaya at Capetown, South Africa. by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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Depicting Titanic with the sun going down for the last time.

Titanic by Robert Barbour (AP)
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 Showing visible signs of her tangle with British cruisers at the Battle of the River Plate, the German pocket battleship Graf Spee slips into the neutral waters of the Montevideo roadstead for light repairs.  This was to be the last haven for the Graf Spee which was later scuttled at the harbour mouth, her commander Kapitan zur See Langsdorff believing a large British fleet to be waiting for attempted escape into the South Atlantic.

Admiral Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 Vielsalm, Belgium, 22nd December 1944.  Men of the 508th PIR, along with the rest of the 82nd Airborne Division were rushed to the Ardennes and deployed in an attempt to halt the onslaught of 6th SS Panzer Army, specifically Kampfgruppe Peiper.

Holding the Line by David Pentland. (AP)
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 The painting shows Napoleons customary informality with the soldiers in his army. Here he is turning to acknowledge the Salutation by a Grenadier of the Imperial Guard. Murat is shown riding behind Napoleon.

The Battle of Jena, Won by Napoleon by Horace Vernet. (Y)
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So Tell The Spartans, Stranger passing by that here, Obedient to their laws, we lie.   In 480 BC the Spartans tried to defend the pass at Thermopylae against the Persians led by Xerxes.  The Persian fleet had sailed along the coastline from northern Greece into the Gulf of Malia on the eastern Aegean Sea towards the mountains at Thermopylae. The Greek General and King Leonidas led the Greeks  and tried to defend the pass of Thermopylae.  All the defending Spartans were killed during the Battle of Thermopylae. Their defence and courage provided inspiration to the Greeks, and the following year the Greeks won battles against their old enemy the Persians.

Thermopylae 480BC, Spartan and Thespaian Hoplites. By Chris Collingwood.
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The younger Charles, after escaping the Worcester rout, is hiding in a pollard oak, with the Roundheads hunting for him.
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Centurian by Chris Collingwood (GL)
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 As Admiral Nelsons flagship leads the British fleet toward the Franco-Spanish line, Captain Harveys Temeraire tries to pass Victory in order to be the first to break the enemy column.

HMS Victory by Randall Wilson. (Y)
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 This was the Austrians fourth attempt to relieve their besieged garrison of Mantua.
The Battle of Rivoli by Carl Vernet. (Y)
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 The attack on the cemetery by the 3rd battalion (Fusiliers) of the Prussian regiment of foot guards.

Die Schlacht Von Leuthen 7th December 1757 by Carl Rochling. (Y)
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Eddie Irvine raced Formula Ford from 1983 to 1988.  Driving a variety of different chassis, he won two Formula Ford championships by the end of 1987.  In 1988, Eddie drove in the British Formula Three championship and then joined the Jordan Formula 3000 team for 1990.  He won his first race at Hockenheim, finishing third overall in the championship that year.  The following three years saw Eddie driving in the Japanese F3000 series, almost winninh the title in 1993.  He also drove for Toyota at Le Mans holding the lap record for several years.  At the end of 1993 Eddie drove for the Jordan F1 team and gained notoriety by overtaking Ayrton Senna having only just been lapped by him.  In 1996, Eddie took on the unenviable role as number two to Michael Schumacher at Ferrari but in 1999 became the number one driver for Ferrari following a serious accident for Schumacher.

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 Marlboro McLaren Mercedes MP4/11. 1996.
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Rory Underwood by Rodger Towers.
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 Michael Schumacher celebrates another win for Ferrari.
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