The Plymouth Herald, By J Lewis, 30 April 2017
The Royal Marines have reportedly launched a last-ditch bid to save Plymouth-based warship HMS Ocean from being sold next year.
It took part in the start of the Iraq War in 2003 and served in Libya in 2011.
The sale of the 28,000-ton vessel would mean the Royal Marines could not launch any major amphibious assaults until 2023, when the new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales enters service, according to the Daily Mail.
The Ministry of Defence said: “A number of options are being considered for the future of Ocean. It is too soon in the process to discuss what those options might be.”