The Queen visits HMS Ocean

The Queen meets five-year-old Harvey Edmonson and his parents Bryony and Alan. Picture: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire
The Queen meets five-year-old Harvey Edmonson and his parents Bryony and Alan. Picture: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire
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A little boy met the Queen again yesterday - five years after his first encounter.

Harvey Edmondson was just a baby when he first met the Queen during her last visit to HMS Ocean in June 2010.

The Queen meets members of the crew on board HMS Ocean. Picture: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

The Queen meets members of the crew on board HMS Ocean. Picture: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

The five-year-old was with his parents, Petty Officer Alan Edmondson, 30, and wife Bryony, 25, to celebrate the redication of the ship following a £65 million refit at Devonport dockyard in Plymouth, Devon.

Petty Officer Edmondson, a father of two from Plymouth, said: ‘I said to the Queen that we met her the last time she was here in 2010 and she asked had I been on here the whole time.

‘I said I had left fairly recently to do a promotions course.’

Petty Officer Edmondson said he and his family were very proud to have met the Queen for a second time.

‘It is something that we can take away. I think Harvey will be very proud,’ he added.

Earlier in the day, the Queen, who is the sponsor of HMS Ocean, met dignitaries when she arrived at Plymouth railway station.

She then travelled by car to the naval base and her arrival was marked by a 21-gun salute.

The fleet commander, Vice Admiral Philip Jones, presented Devonport’s commander Captain Ian Shipperley, fleet chaplain Ian Wheatley and HMS Ocean’s commander Captain Timothy Henry.

After moving to the dais, there was a royal salute and the national anthem was played by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth.

Capt Henry read the re-dedication order - which marks the ship’s return to operational service - and the Queen inspected the front rank of the guard of honour.

Her Majesty was wearing a deep red wool coat and crepe dress by Stewart Pavin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

She was also wearing the new HMS Ocean brooch, which was a gift from vessel’s commander and its officers.

The Queen then boarded HMS Ocean and viewed several demonstrations of the ship’s capabilities, including meeting Lance Corporal Chris Scholes, of the Royal Marines, who was wearing camofuflaged amphibious kit.

L/Cpl Scholes, 25, from Solihull, West Midlands then demonstrated to the Queen how a remote depth sounder - a device used to calculate the depth of water - worked.

She then attended a reception with around 600 guests and toured the room meeting many of the ship’s crew and their families.

Among the many families who were introduced to the Queen was Leading Regulator Ricky D’Arcy and his family - wife Holly, 26, and children Evelyn, six, Belle, three, and 16-week-old Rosey.

Leading Regulator D’Arcy said: ‘It was a proud moment.’

His mother Lisa D’Arcy, who was holding baby Rosey when she met the Queen, added: ‘The Queen asked whether Rosey had been very good and we said she had been on her best behaviour.

‘It’s amazing all the preparation that has gone into today.’

After leaving the reception, the Queen attended a lunch in the wardroom before meeting the chefs and stewards. She then signed the visitors’ book and then moved onto the upper deck via the aircraft lift to depart the vessel by helicopter.

HMS Ocean - the sixth vessel to carry the name - was launched in 1995 and commissioned into the Navy three years later.

It is a helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship and is designed to get Royal Marines into battle by either air or landing craft.

After the 2012 London Olympics, in which the ship provided security on the Thames, it underwent a revamp at Devonport of its weaponry, internal systems and living quarters.