Did you watch the HMS Ocean documentary ‘Warship’ on Channel 4? The show captures Britain’s biggest warship as it sails to the Gulf to lead the US Naval Combined Task Force 50. HMS Ocean is now 20 years old and weighs up to 28,000 tons. The fleet flagship of the Royal Navy was launched into sea in October 1995 and has a capacity of 40 vehicles and 830 Marines. She is designed to support amphibious landing operations and to support the staff of Commander UK Amphibious Force and Commander UK Landing Force. The ship can carry up to six Apache AH1 helicopters operated by the Army Air Corps as well as helicopters for the RAF. HMS Ocean is also capable of limited anti-submarine warfare activities, supporting afloat training and acting as a base facility for other embarked forces including counter-terrorism units. HMS Ocean is described as a ‘floating village’ with a hospital, bank, gym, pubs and shops on board to accommodate its staff. The documentary follows the ship as it embarks on its seven month deployment. This mission makes HMS Ocean the first UK ship to lead a US task force in the Middle East. 130 enthusiastic newbies are among the crew recorded and the programme shows their first seafaring adventure. HMS Ocean is due to be decommissioned next year after twenty years of service and currently there is no replacement. We stock the HMS Ocean Ship Crest and Cap Tally. View them here. We also stock Royal Navy qualification badges. View them here.
As current holders of the contract for the supply of ship’s crests to the Ministry of Defence, Wyedean is proud to announce the launch of its new online store selling these plaques commercially to the public. Ship crests, also known as ship’s plaques or ship’s badges, are allocated to each unit or ship in Her Majesty’s fleet and feature a design specific to each ship. For instance, the famous HMS Dauntless ship crest features a carving of Horatius Cocles (Horatius the One-eyed) who in 509 BC single-handedly defended the Pons Sublicius Bridge on the outskirts of Rome against the Etruscan army. Meanwhile, the HMS Scott ship plaque features a penguin in recognition of the exploits of the famous explorer Robert Falcon Scott. The ship crests are usually given out as commemorative gifts by each ship’s Captain to visiting dignitaries but also make wonderful keepsakes for retired sailors or Officers of the Royal Navy. These beautiful ship plaques are handmade in Britain and are made to MoD specifications. The crests are made of resin, allowing it to withstand minor knocks and are hand-painted with the upmost care and attention and then mounted onto a mahogany hardwood backing. Each crest comes in a presentation box, making them ideal to give as gifts. New designs are added daily to the website and we are constantly increasing our stock. If you are looking for quantities over 10, please contact us direct for a quote.
After floating out onto the water for the first time on the 17th July 2014, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is being built on the Rosyth Docks as we speak. At 72,000 tons and 932 feet long, this Royal Navy aircraft carrier is taller than Nelson’s Column and much wider than the M25 at its widest point. HMS Queen Elizabeth will have 679 permanent crew with a capacity for 1,600 crew members when fully operational. It is a massive piece of engineering, with 2,000 miles of cable and 1,200 miles of fibre optic cables running through the ship. It also has a water treatment plant on board which will produce more than 500 tons of fresh water daily from seawater. Registered to set sail by 2020, the HMS Queen Elizabeth has two bronze propellors, each 22ft in diameter and weighing 33 tons, pushing her to a top speed of 30mph. A special phone app has even been developed to stop workers getting lost which prevents a loss of £1.25 million through wasted man hours! The HMS Queen Elizabeth will be utilised by all three sectors of the UK Armed Forces and will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts, to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Keep up-to-date on news of the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s launch through our blog. Our official ship crest and cap tally for the HMS Queen Elizabeth is available from Wyedean Stores now