Everything is shipshape for HMS Ocean visit

MARCHING ON: HMS Ocean crew during the Freedom Parade held in May 2012.
MARCHING ON: HMS Ocean crew during the Freedom Parade held in May 2012.
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PREPARATIONS are under way to welcome Sunderland’s adopted warship.

HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s largest warship, is due to berth at the Port of Sunderland tomorrow at 3pm, when she visits the city for the eighth time.

Ocean’s arrival again demonstrates the capability of the Port of Sunderland to handle large ships - whether they are naval or merchant vessels.

Harbour master Captain Kevin Ullah

She is due to enter the mouth of the River Wear at about 2.30pm and will berth at Corporation Quay, opposite the National Glass Centre.

On Saturday, 300-plus officers and crew will mark their Freedom of the City with a parade.

It sets off at 11am in Burdon Road with a service at the War Memorial, before the parade passes through Fawcett Street, High Street West, Market Square, into Holmeside, back into Burdon Road and past the War Memorial.

HMS Ocean, which will be open to the public at the weekend, and her crew were granted the Freedom of the City in 2004 and she last visited in May 2012.

Harbour master Captain Kevin Ullah, said: “Ocean’s arrival again demonstrates the capability of the Port of Sunderland to handle large ships – whether they are naval or merchant vessels.”

More details about the visit can be found via www.sunderland.gov.uk.