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HMS Ocean

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL4978, tabled on 22 January 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 January (HL4577) concerning the planned decommissioning of HMS Ocean in 2018, whether an agreement has now been made to sell HMS Ocean to the government of Brazil; if so, for how much; and what assessment they have made of the value for money of undertaking a £65 million refit of HMS Ocean over 15 months, as announced on 12 December 2012, which was due to be completed less than four years before that ship is to be decommissioned.

Answered on

30 January 2018

Discussions with the Government of Brazil about the sale of HMS OCEAN are ongoing, but no decisions have been made.

The refit included scheduled maintenance, defect rectification, obsolescence management, and mandatory work to revalidate the ship's safety and environmental certification to comply with changes to legislation, as well as a capability upgrade.

The refit was essential for HMS OCEAN to continue to participate in operations around the world in support of UK interests.