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, 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.”