HMS Ocean during Operation Ellamy and the 2011 military intervention in Libya. Wikipedia
Daily Mail: Leading the fightback! British warship will take charge of coalition naval operations in the Gulf against ISIS militants
* HMS Ocean will be in charge of coalition naval operations against ISIS
* It will go to the Gulf this year to take over the role from a US aircraft carrier
* The commanding officer on board will be in charge of giving battle orders
The Royal Navy's flagship is set to take charge of coalition naval operations in the Gulf to bolster the fight against ISIS.
HMS Ocean, a huge 667ft long ship, will replace a US aircraft carrier at the end of this year and it will be the first time a British naval officer will be in charge of the team of vessels in the Middle East.
The commanding officer on board will be responsible for giving battle instructions to the American and French aircraft carriers which are currently in the Gulf.
The 21,500-tonne ship will assume the role of the US Navy's Central Command Task Force 50, which has lead the way with missions and air strikes from the sea against ISIS after an operation was set up nearly two years ago.
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WNU Editor: This is the first time that a British naval officer will be in charge of a team of vessels in the Middle East in the war against ISIS .... unfortunately, there are growing concerns on the rest of the British fleet .... HMS Daring: Royal Navy sends destroyer to fight Isis despite concerns over warship’s reliability (The Independent).