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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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 10th May 1972. Lt. Curt Dose together with his RIO, LCDR Jim McDevitt line up their F-4J Phantom prior to landing on the USS Constellation following their first successful target CAP of the day. During this mission they claimed a MiG-21F after a ultra-low level supersonic flight over the North Vietnamese airfield of Kep, northeast of Hanoi.
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 A splendid little war was how John Hay, ambassador to Britain, described the Spanish-American war of 1898. Though the war was small in scope it was large in consequences; it promoted the regeneration of the American Navy and the emergence of the United States as a major world power. Fought primarily at sea, the war created an American naval legend in its opening encounter between the pacific squadrons of Spain and the United States at Manila Bay on the 1st of May 1898. At sunrise Admiral Dewey, leading the American fleet in his flagship the USS Olympia, had caught the Spanish fleet, under Admiral Patricio Montojo, by surprise - still anchored off Sangley Point at Manila Bay in the Philippine Islands. Defeat for the Spanish was total and heralded the end of a once extensive Spanish empire in the Americas. Montojos flagship, Reina Cristina, is seen here under fire from the Olympia.

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