Royal Marines "Mighty O" to protect the Olympics
HMS Ocean, the largest ship in the Royal Navy is set to be deployed in the Thames to protect the Olympics.
The 22,000-tonne amphibious assault ship, nicknamed "Mighty O", has recently returned from a seven-month deployment during which it was diverted to launch attacks on Colonel Gaddafi's brutal regime.
The huge ship is expected to anchor off Greenwich next summer and be ready to send in teams of Royal Marines by helicopter or boat to counter any terror attack.
The planned deployment was revealed today by The Standard as David Cameron chaired his first Olympics meeting as the Government gears up to devote its full energies to making the Games a success.
Nearly 24,000 security guards, including around 7,000 military personnel, will protect Olympic venues.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was giving an update on the Olympic park venues, security and Olympic legacy to the meeting today.