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Our readers are always quick to put us in the picture when there is something special to photograph.

But we never take your contribution for granted so our thanks go to everyone who has taken the time to send us images of HMS Ocean's final visit to Sunderland.

Our thanks to Davey Allan and all our readers for sending us their photographs of HMS Ocean's final visit to Sunderland.

Our thanks to Davey Allan and all our readers for sending us their photographs of HMS Ocean's final visit to Sunderland.

We hope you enjoy browsing through them as much as we have.

No doubt there will be countless more opportunities for spectacular pictures with Saturday's freedom parade in the city to mark the last visit by Sunderland's adopted vessel.

The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Doris MacKnight said: "We are delighted to be welcoming HMS Ocean and her crew back to Sunderland for the final time. The freedom parades are

always a spectacular sight and I know people will once again be looking forward to seeing officers and crew parade through the city centre.

"By exercising the Freedom of the City, there's an opportunity for everybody to show their appreciation, show how proud Sunderland is of its links with the Royal Navy and say goodbye."

The parade will begin with officers and crew stepping off from the Civic Centre steps, in Burdon Road, at 11am before a short service at the nearby war memorial is followed by a

procession through the city centre accompanied by Her Majesty’s Band of the Royal Marines.

It will take in Fawcett Street, High Street West, Union Street, Market Square, Waterloo Place and Holmeside before returning to Burdon Road.

The ship is also open to the public on Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Visitors are advised to use city centre parking and walk to the Low Street pedestrian entrance to the port.

HMS Ocean will finally leave the Port of Sunderland on Tuesday, July 11.

The helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship, which was granted the Freedom of the City in 2004, last visited in May 2015 and will be decommissioned in 2018.

You can also admire some of our own pictures and our earlier report on the ongoing visit here.