3 part documentary Warship, premiering on Monday 10 April at 8.00pm on Channel 4 follows HMS Ocean which is Britain’s biggest warship and the flagship of the Royal Navy.
She’s a floating village with her own hospital, shop, police force, church, bank, laundry, gym and even pubs. But this village is also an amphibious assault weapon, designed to sail across world and, when necessary, bring violence to an enemy.
Its crew have a deep affection for their ship. But one third of these men and women are new recruits, off to sea for the first time. And the 20-year-old vessel is showing signs of strain. Keeping it going requires non-stop maintenance. With exclusive access to the ship and her crew, this series follows HMS Ocean on a sensitive seven-month active deployment, culminating in becoming the first ever UK ship to lead a US task force in the Middle East, policing some of the most volatile waters on the planet and co-ordinating the fight against Isis.
In this first episode, HMS Ocean leaves Plymouth for the Mediterranean, where she has just three weeks to train the Tailored Air Group of elite Army, Navy and Air Force helicopter pilots to take off and land on a carrier, so that they are qualified to fly and fight at sea. As the ship throws up engine problems and a huge storm approaches, the new recruits and the old hands have to come together to complete their mission and get the pilots qualified in time.
Producers and Directors: Colin Campbell, Rebecca Rowles, Andrew Webb, Cressida Kinnear
Executive Producers: Alan Hayling, Belinda Cherrington
Series Producer: Julian Carey
Production Company: Renegade Pictures
Warship Episode 1 (of 3) airs on Monday 10 April 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on Channel 4.