He also warned that selling the HMS Ocean would weaken the UK Navy because "we lose littoral helicopter carrier
capability and lose one third of our amphibious ships.
But senior defence sources say the Tories have listed HMS Ocean - the Navy's amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier
- to be withdrawn from service in 2019.
Main, helicopter carrier
HMS Illustrious is being sent to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan; left, survivors amid their ruined homes in Maraboth
But military sources say this phase of the three-month exercise was scrapped because of the cost of fuelling ships, including helicopter carrier
The helicopter carrier
set sail from Portsmouth to join three Royal Navy warships and six auxiliary vessels.
The Navy's 24th fleet consisting of Sabalan destroyer and Kharg helicopter carrier
, docked at China's Zhangjiagang port on March 4 after sailing 13,000 kilometers in 40 days.
An electronic countermeasures unit are working from a Royal Navy helicopter carrier
off the Libyan coast.
After an announcement made in mid-December by the Russian Chief of Staff according to which the Mistral helicopter carrier
had won the Russian Navy's tender (which was not confirmed by the French yard at time of writing), DCNS disclosed shortly after that it had started cutting metal for a third Fremm multi-mission frigate for the French Navy.
DCNS is participating in a tender offer to build the Mistral helicopter carrier
for Russia, Reuters said.
Russian Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio said that the deal of purchasing a French helicopter carrier
is not final, yet.
The system will be fitted to both future aircraft carriers and the Navy's Type 23 frigates, amphibious assault ships, and the helicopter carrier
HMS Ocean between 2011 and 2015.
The crew from the amphibious helicopter carrier
HMS Ocean also made a successful drugs seizure in June last year when cocaine worth pounds 29 million was recovered.