ONE hundred and fifty sailors and aircrew recreated the Olympic rings on the flight deck of the Royal Navy’s largest ship to mark the start of her Olympic deployment
Amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean has arrived at Greenwich on the River Thames, where she will remain until after the end of the Paralympics, acting as a helicopter landing platform and logistics hub. The 21,500- ton helicopter carrier will also be home for 400 military personnel providing security in Greenwich Park, where the equestrian events and modern pentathlon will take place.
A Navy spokesman said: ‘A mix of Royal Navy and Army Air Corps Lynx helicopters will be ready at short notice to launch from the ship’s flight deck to support the police by providing airborne and maritime security for the Games.’
HMS Ocean first squeezed herself through the Thames Barrier in May on a trial run for her Olympic role.