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HMS ocean in Gibraltar

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pj10049
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HMS ocean in Gibraltar

Post by pj10049 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:08 pm

Hi. I'm currently in Gibraltar and spotted 1 chinook at RAF Gibraltar, plus 2 Lynx, 2 more Chinooks and 4 Merlins on the deck of HMS Ocean. I know it's a long shot, but anyone know any of the serials please?

Thanks Paul

Seaking93
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Re: HMS ocean in Gibraltar

Post by Seaking93 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:39 pm

From the published pictures there are 2 X Wildcats of 847NAS, 2 X Merlin HM2, 2 X Merlin HC3(one reported as ZJ126/K), 2 X Chinook(one reported as ZA682), on radio this morning the Captain of HMS Ocean said he had 9 helicopters onboard
When Ocean left for the Med originally it had Merlin HC3A ZJ992/AB and HC3i ZJ132/Q onboard so with the other Chinook at Gib that would make 10.
In theatre at the time are the 2 Pumas and also RFA Mounts Bay,s Wildcat ZZ530

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Re: HMS ocean in Gibraltar

Post by EGVP » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:32 pm

From some photos posted on the FC Facebook group:

ZZ___ Wildcat
ZZ527 Wildcat
ZH835 Merlin HM2
ZH8__ Merlin HM2
(ZJ126)/K Merlin HC3
(ZJ132)/Q Merlin HC3
_____ Chinook
_____ Chinook

Seaking93
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Re: HMS ocean in Gibraltar

Post by Seaking93 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:05 pm

Thanks for the update, so I wonder what the ninth one is then?

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Re: HMS ocean in Gibraltar

Post by Seaking93 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:04 pm

On local tv tonight they said that there were 5 helicopters from Yeovilton onboard, there was a Merlin HC3A filmed on the hangar deck, it had a Union flag on the side which ZJ992/AB had when it left on the Ocean for the Med.

pj10049
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Re: HMS ocean in Gibraltar

Post by pj10049 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:15 pm

Hi guys, thanks for the replies. seaking, looking at my photos, there were 1 HM2 and 3 HC3's on the deck, so can another be hangared below deck, i.e. The other HM2 to make the numbers right?

Thanks Paul

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Re: HMS ocean in Gibraltar

Post by Seaking93 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:46 am

Despite my earlier post, it could not have been AB on the ship as it left VL late yesterday afternoon heading south west using a Navy760 call sign so going overseas

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