MAN’s UK engines are located on HMS Ocean, affectionately known as the Mighty “O”, the previous flag ship of the Royal Navy and the UK’s only helicopter carrier, designed specifically to support amphibious landing operations to any location in the world.
With the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s new 65,000 tonnes aircraft carrier flagship on 7 December 2017, the future of four MAN Diesel & Turbo UK’s (MDT-UK) Ruston engines was a talking point around the navies of the world.
Launched on 11th October 1995, HMS Ocean was subsequently named at Barrow by Her Majesty the Queen on 20th February 1998. In 2012 she was moored at Greenwich as part of the security forces for that year’s Olympic Games held in London.
Following her decommissioning from Royal Navy service on 27 March 2018, HMS Ocean began a period of maintenance and is expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro by the end of 2018 for her new role with the Brazilian Navy with the intention of being commissioned and fully operational by 2020.
MDT-UK’s Technical Trainer at the company’s UK Headquarters in Stockport is currently preparing the handover documentation and familiarisation soft skills materials for officers of the Brazilian Navy who MDT’s PrimeServ division will be working with in the coming months to ensure a smooth handover of this iconic vessel.