HMS Ocean is currently participating in Exercise ‘Kearsarge’.
July 26: The UK’s Royal Navy has confirmed that HMS Ocean is currently participating in Exercise ‘Kearsarge’, a US-led exercise being conducted off the coast of North Carolina in support of the US Navy’s Amphibious Ready Group.
HMS Ocean has played host to the US Marine Corps’ largest aircraft – Sikorsky’s CH-53E Super Stallion and Bell-Boeing’s MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor. Throughout the exercise the USMC aircraft will operate with HMS Ocean and HMS Albion, conducting stores transfers within the Task Group and in support of the Royal Marines ashore.
Both aircraft weigh in at 33,000lbs and the CH-53E is the third largest helicopter in the world. It can transport up to 55 troops or 30,000lbs of cargo and can carry external slung loads of up to 36,000lbs. The Osprey can transport up to 32 troops or 20,000lbs of cargo and can carry external slung loads of up to 15,000lbs.