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H.M.S. OCEAN

Collection of photographs covering her commission May 1951 to October 1953

includes Korean War operations

 

 

 

 

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HMS OCEAN sits at her mooring in Grand Harbour, Malta, 1951. High and dry - HMS OCEAN lifted by a floating dock Malta, 1951. December 16th 1951 Admiral Sir John H Edelsten (Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean) inspects HMS OCEAN.

December 16th 1951 Lord Louis Mountbatten, visits HMS OCEAN and inspects Royal Marines whilst on his short visit to Malta. HMS OCEAN sets sail from Grand Harbour, Malta, en route for Korea. May 1952. The liner Empress of Australia in background. HMS OCEAN at sea working-up.

Firefly FR.5 WB403 ('233/0') has missed all the wires and is about to be stopped by the No.1 crash barrier, December 7th 1951 . The barrier is to protect aircraft parked on the front half of the flight deck. †

 

Sae Fury WG600 of 807 Squadron coded '133/0' crashes on a pitching flight deck, December 13th 1951. Her tail wheel broke off, the power plant caught fire and broke away, while the remainder of the inverted aircraft catching fire. The pilot, Sub Lt. AJ Austin was unhurt. [1] † Sae Fury WG600 of 807 Squadron coded '133/0' crashes on a pitching flight deck, December 13th 1951. Her tail wheel broke off, the power plant caught fire and broke away, while the remainder of the inverted aircraft catching fire. Fire crews rush to help the pilot, Sub Lt. AJ Austin who was rescued was unhurt. [2] †

 

Sae Fury WG600 of 807 Squadron coded '133/0' crashes on a pitching flight deck, December 13th 1951. The fires are out but her power plant is nowhere to be seen, [3] †

 

Sae Fury WG600 of 807 Squadron coded '133/0' crashes on a pitching flight deck, The remains of the airframe were put ashore to RNAS Hal Far on the 15th. [4]† Sea Furies launch from HMS OCEAN for flying training.

A Sea Fury taking off using RATOG (Rocket Assisted Take Off Gear) .These small rocket packs provide extra boost to get heavily armed aircraft off the deck. Ω The pilot is helped out of the cockpit of an unidentified Sea Fury that is perched on its nose after a barrier crash, Date unknown. Ω Start engines -  Firefly A.S.5. and Sea Furies run up their engine as the strike force prepares to take off.

Firefly FR.5 VT486 ('237/0' [1] - Pilot Sub-Lt. K. R. White & Observer Sub-Lt. E.S. Bowman) coming in to land on HMS OCEAN January 18th 1952, the arrestor hook is down ready to trap a wire.

 

Firefly FR.5 VT486 ('237/0') [2] has been stopped by No.1 crash barrier but has travelled far enough forward to damage Sea Fury WF621 parked the front half of the flight deck, before being hauled back. 1

 

Firefly FR.5 VT486 ('237/0') [3] has been stopped by No.1 crash barrier but has travelled far enough forward to damage Sea Fury WF621 parked the front half of the flight deck, before being hauled back. 2

Sea Fury WF621 parked in the front half of the flight deck, behind the crash barrier its starboard undercarriage leg has collapsed after Firefly VT486 ('237/0') broke through the No.1 barrier landing on. January 18th 1952 A Sea Fury is brought up from the hangar on the forward lift. A Sea Fury is ranged on deck as preparations are made for its take-off.

HMS OCEAN passing through the Suez Canal on passage to the Far East. Ω

 

Refuelling stop at Aden, April 1952 Ω Refuelling stop at Aden, April 1952

Hong Kong - OCEAN called here for a training period before proceeding to Japan to begin combat operations. Hong Kong - OCEAN called here for a training period before proceeding to Japan to begin combat operations.

 

Hong Kong - OCEAN called here for a training period before proceeding to Japan to begin combat operations.

June 1952 somewhere in the Yellow Sea, HMS OCEAN oiling at sea from RFA WAVE SOVEREIGN. HMCS NOOTKA is out of shot replenishing the Starboard side.

 

June 1952 somewhere in the Yellow Sea, HMS OCEAN oiling at sea from RFA WAVE SOVEREIGN. Ω June 1952 somewhere in the Yellow Sea, HMS OCEAN and HMCS NOOTKA oiling at sea from RFA WAVE SOVEREIGN.  Ω

Somewhere in the Yellow Sea, HMS BELFAST comes alongside HMS OCEAN in preparation for a light jackstay transfer. Ω

 

An officer is transferred between HMS BELFAST and HMS OCEAN by light jackstay transfer in a special cradle. [1]  Ω An officer is transferred between HMS BELFAST and HMS OCEAN by light jackstay transfer in a special cradle. [2]  Ω

Somewhere in the Yellow Sea, A stretcher case is passed between USS MARSH and HMS OCEAN by light jackstay transfer.

 

The Destroyer HMS COMUS takes on Fuel Oil form HMS OCEAN somewhere in the Yellow sea. A pilot ,rescued after ditching, steps down from the ship's flight Dragonfly helicopter.

A full deck - Sea Furies and Fireflies are ranged on deck in preparation for take off for an operation over Korea Ω

 

A Firefly armed with rocket projectiles parked on deck prior to a strike mission. Ω

RATOG (Rocket Assisted Take Off Gear) fitted to an armed Sea Fury. These small rocket packs provide extra boost to get heavily armed aircraft off the deck. Ω

 

A full strike ranged on deck  awaiting their turn to be catapulted for a mission over Korea. Ω

June 1952, flying stations - a Sea Fury sits on the catapult waiting to be launched. Ω

 

HMS OCEAN at North Pier, Yokohama. Japan. †

Sea Fury WH592 ('102/0') of 802 Squadron being recovered after a barrier crash on March 11th 1952. The aircraft was put ashore the Aircraft Holding Unit at RNAS Sembawang, Singapore for repair on April 24th. Ω June 4th 1952 - Sea Fury WJ233 is recovered after the port wheel went over edge of flight deck while landing on during her delivery flight from the RN Airframe Repair Shop at USAAF base Iwakuni , Japan. Ω

 

June 4th 1952 - Sea Fury WJ233 is recovered after the port wheel went over edge of flight deck while landing on during her delivery flight from the RN Airframe Repair Shop at USAAF base Iwakuni , Japan. Ω

Gun camera image of bridges successfully destroyed by aircraft from OCEAN. Ω Gun camera image of  a bomb exploding on a road junction, somewhere in Korea. Ω

 

Gun camera image of  several target set ablaze after bombing by aircraft from OCEAN. Ω

HMS UNICORN and HMS OCEAN alongside at Jure, Japan. Ω June 1953, HMS UNICORN and HMS OCEAN alongside at Jure, Japan.

 

HMS OCEAN and the USS YANCEY at Sasebo, Japan. Ω

September 29th 1952, forces favourite Carole Carr, popular star of the BBC's "Calling all forces" programme visits HMS OCEAN in Korean waters. She was enthusiastically greeted by Captain Evans and OCEAN fans after she arrived on board in a helicopter. Ω

 

September 29th 1952, forces favourite Carole Carr, popular star of the BBC's "Calling all forces" programme visits HMS OCEAN in Korean waters. Miss Carr is escorted on the flight deck by Captain Evans and senior officers. Ω Officers and men of the Writer staff HMS OCEAN
 1952 -53.

 

 

 

 

The war is over - CPO Baker and colleagues, on an empty flight deck, Sasebo Oct 1953 † The war is over - CPO Baker poses with a Sea Fury, Sasebo Oct 1953† The war is over - CPO Baker poses with a Sea Fury, Sasebo Oct 1953†

 

HMS OCEAN at Sasebo, 1953 after hostilities have ended. 1953 Last farewell, a church service on the flight deck, somewhere in the yellow Sea .† 1953 Last farewell, a wreath is dropped into the Yellow Sea as HMS OCEAN remembers the fallen. †

 

Images marked † are from the collection of CPO Writer William Baker.

Images marked Ω are from the collection of RP3 Norman Hiles.

 


 

KOREAN CARRIER

Short film depicting the working up of HMS OCEAN on passage to Korea, and air operations onboard HMS GLORY.

Made by the Directorate of Naval Recruiting dated October 1952. Running time: 27 mins

Ref:  ADM 1419  IWM Reproduced under the IWM non-commercial licence

 

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Copyright  The Royal Navy Research Archive  2005


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Roger Dean (Harpenden, UK) says...
My father Lt. Cmdr. BR Dean was in the ship's company of HMS Ocean in 1952 on the Korean mission. I have a number of photographs including one of the ship entering Grand Harbour on its return. I would like to find out what my father's particular role was on that mission. Can you help?
16th March 2017 5:49pm
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