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Sale of HMS ocean to Brazil ‘sad day for Devonport’

Sale of HMS ocean to Brazil ‘sad day for Devonport’

BRASILIA: The sale of Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean to Brazil is “another shrinking of the Royal Navy in Devonport”. That’s according to Plymouth MP Luke Pollard, who has described the move as a “sad day” for Plymouth’s naval base.Devonport remains home to our amphibious ships, survey vessels and half her frigates,” said Mr Mercer. “It also continues to provide repair and maintenance capability for submarine fleet, training hub of the front-line fleet, flag office sea training, and the the RN Amphibious Centre of Excellence at Royal Marine Tamar.

The rebasing of Type 23 anti-submarine warfare frigate will see Devonport becomes focus for the generation of surface ship anti-submarine warfare capability – an absolutely vital part of our defence given Russian submarine activity is at its highest levels for more than a decade.”

The £84m raised from the sale will reportedly be used to help plug a major funding black hole in the MOD’s accounts, according to The Telegraph.