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article imageVideo: HMS Ocean returns to Plymouth base

By JohnThomas Didymus     Dec 10, 2011 in World
Plymouth - The helicopter carrier vessel HMS Ocean, largest vessel in the Royal Navy, has returned to Plymouth base with its crew whose music video, that showed them miming Mariah Carey's 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You," became an instant Internet hit.

Plymouth Herald reports about 1,000 people welcomed the helicopter carrier that was used as launchpad for Army Apache helicopter strikes during the Libyan crisis. Helicopter strikes that destroyed military vehicles, installations and communications equipment were launched from the deck of the 22,000 ton vessel.
The ship was sent to the Mediterranean in April, on a seven-week amphibious training exercise, but was redeployed to Libya in May to give support to the UN air mission as the crisis in that country escalated.
Digital Journal reported that the music video of the HMS Ocean crew, showed them on YouTube having a party, after they received the good news they were going home for Christmas (see video below). They mimed the hit tune, bare-chested, dressed as presents and decked in tinsel on the Royal Navy ship. Daily Mail reports the video was seen by Maria Carey who retweeted it after watching it. Carey tweeted: "This is the best thing I've ever seen, you guys just made my day! Happy Happy Christmas!!! x0x0 to the troops."
About 1 million people worldwide have viewed the video.
Hundreds of friends and family waving banners with welcome messages were at Plymouth.
According to Daily Mail, the idea to shoot a video was Lieutenant Kelly Cleeve's. She told Plymouth Herald that she had found it difficult persuading the crews. She said: 'It was a challenge to start with when I first mooted it to them, they thought I wanted them to sing the song so I didn’t get any response whatsoever. So I emailed them again and said ’no, you are going to mime it and I’ll put the song back on it afterwards. From that point on there was no shortage of volunteers."
BBC reports Lt. Cleeve said: "It has been crazy. I don't think they have really grasped how internationally famous they have become.They have said they are ready to do the X Factor final if required."
Daily Mail also reported that the crew joked abut appearing on X Factor final show now that they have returned home.
Crew Member Rob Eddy said: "Mariners have never been renowned for their singing so there was a lot of miming. I heard Mariah Carey likes it so that’s good."
BBC reports that 15 babies were born to families of the crew during their overseas deployment. The wife of Lieutenant David Bartlett, Marie-Claire, gave birth to their daughter, Harriet, eight weeks ago. The Lieutenant was happy to be with his family again.
Plymouth Herald reports that the ship's commanding officer is Capt. Andrew Betton. He said on arrival: "After uncertainty in our programme we are all delighted to be back home for Christmas and are really looking forward to seeing our loved ones again. Our families and friends have been a huge support during this deployment and it will be wonderful to be home with them for this most special of family occasions, particularly for those of us with small children."
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