Queen welcomes Sunderland’s adopted warship HMS Ocean back into service

Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Guard of Honour as she arrives for a visit to HMS Ocean, at HM Naval Base Devonport, in Plymouth, Devon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Guard of Honour as she arrives for a visit to HMS Ocean, at HM Naval Base Devonport, in Plymouth, Devon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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SUNDERLAND’S adopted warship HMS Ocean was rededicated today, to mark her return to active service.

Mayor Coun Stuart Porthouse travelled to Devonport in Plymouth today to represent the people of Sunderland at a ceremony performed by the Queen.

HMS Ocean on its last visit to Sunderland. Picture by David Sloan.

HMS Ocean on its last visit to Sunderland. Picture by David Sloan.

HMS Ocean, Britain’s largest warship and helicopter carrier, was granted Freedom of the City in 2004. She has recently completed a fifteen-month refit.

Coun Porthouse, who is among civic guests forming the welcoming party, said: “I am proud to represent the people of Sunderland, and honoured to be invited to join Her Majesty at the re-dedication ceremony for HMS Ocean.

“Our city is very proud of our military tradition, and we can all be particularly proud that our adopted ship will play such a vital part in the Royal Navy’s future.

“The officers and ratings of HMS Ocean were granted Freedom of the City in 2004, and are always welcome guests in Sunderland.”

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