TWO Royal Navy warships will be part of a package of security measures for next summer’s Olympics, it has been announced.
Helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, the largest ship in the Royal Navy’s fleet, will be berthed in the Thames at Greenwich, providing logistics support, accommodation and a helicopter landing site.
Typhoon jets, stationed temporarily at RAF Northolt in London and helicopters, likely to be Puma and Lynx, will operating from HMS Ocean to support airspace security.
Meanwhile, the 18,000-tonne amphibious assault vessel HMS Bulwark will be based at Weymouth Bay in Dorset.
The Ministry of Defence has announced that up to 13,500 military personnel will be helping to provide security during the games.
Defence secretary Philip Hammond said: ‘Up to 7,500 of them will support the smooth running of Olympic sites and, while the remainder will use their specialist capabilities and equipment to contribute to the delivery of Olympic security.’