Not sure if this is actually news to anyone but another interesting FOI request popped into my RSS feed today;
What is the timeframe of HMS Ocean’s retirement and are there plans in place to replace her with a new build LPH? If so, will she be fully capable of operating both F35 and rotary assets?
The date of HMS Ocean’s withdrawal from service has not yet been decided. Our provisional planning assumption is that she will remain in service until at least 2018. There are presently no plans to replace her with a new build Landing Platform Helicopter.
Ocean will continue to operate helicopters, as befits her role, but she will not be capable of operating the F35 Lightning. The F35 will instead operate from the new Aircraft Carriers of the Queen Elizabeth Class
There you go then, pick the bones out of that one