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The HMS Ocean

The crew of the Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean have created a heart-warming video this Christmas, which is fast becoming a massive YouTube hit with over half a millions views already.

A planned 7-week deployment escalated to a punishing 214 days away in the last year, after their vessel was diverted to Libya and further operations.  When the crew finally heard their return date (Friday December 9th), meant they would be home for Christmas, they wanted to mark the occasion in their own inimitable style.

After lots of time away last year (214 days) — planned for 7 week deployment exercise with other nations.

Diverted to Libya and further operations

Back 9 Dec after 7½ months away – 225 days with 176 at sea

400 people onboard (at peak during the amphibious exercises just under 900 onboard but approx 650 during Op Ellamy)
Steamed just over 40,000 miles
Burned approx 6,000 tonnes of fuel
Operated 16 different type of aircraft off the deck

Realities of deploying:

15 babies born while the ship has been away (fathers did get home to see mum and baby)
5 people were sent home so they didn’t miss their own weddings.
1 sailor whose son’s third birthday is on homecoming. Family meeting ship

Ships company have missed:

Summer holidays.
Children’s exam results
Children finishing school and starting university
The Padre missed his daughter’s graduation.

The ship’s company made a Christmas DVD when they heard they would be home for Christmas.