Britain's Biggest Warship - 3 Part TV Series

It looks like the sea cadets to me, perhaps i'm getting old.
LOL! I said exactly the same to one of my old shippers (note the use of the naval term! Jointery there) and he said I should just put a helicopter landing pad type beret on one of their heads and that was me x many (not divulging how long ago) years ago ;-)
 
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Strike Group will have (probably) 2 x T45 and 2 x T26/T23-2087. I wouldn't be surprised if USN and Fr Navy ships are used in place of either a T45 or T26.


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Strike Group will have (probably) 2 x T45 and 2 x T26/T23-2087. I wouldn't be surprised if USN and Fr Navy ships are used in place of either a T45 or T26.


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The "we need an Ocean and not a carrier" seem to think an LPH (or LPD - or anything else) will never need escorting. No explanation, just an assumption that nobody will ever try firing anything at anything other than a carrier.
 
By way of comparison, last year I did a lot of work alongside a US Navy CVBG. They had an average of 2-3 escorts including one Danish vessel and some support ships. The CVBG rarely operated as one 'big bad body of bad boys' close in but was dispersed across a significant area on various different duties. This was in an operationally 'volatile' area with a very real threat.

Don't make the mistake of assuming that the 'warry' photos they have showing them all together means they always operate like that.
 
You have heard of Upper Yardman???? Not all officers join straight from school, its one of those things that adds to the rich tappersty of life. In fact I have served with a guy who joined as an Officer but didn't like it and left to join as a rating and is now a CPO.

And as a Middle watch OOW you have fours hours to hear all the drips of the ships company delivered via the QM and BM. Life onboard, as you may know if you have been to sea, is all about people dripping like ten men to any SR or Officer they can.

Any half good junior officer will have plenty of oppurtunies to listen - part of ship, Specials on the FX, watch keeping, just chatting around the ship and as OOD on the flight deck late at night the QM and BM will chat cos there isn't much else to do.
Basic leadership.
 
Episode 2 is at 20:00 tonight.

After eight years in build, HMS Queen Elizabeth embarks on dangerous sea trials in the North Sea. The 700 sailors on board have to test everything on the ship for the first time - from galleys to guns and from power plants to propellers. What is the super carrier's top speed? How manoeuvrable is she and how stable in rough waters? Meanwhile the ship's company start the process of becoming a sea-born community. On board is chef Mohamad Khan who has to work out how to prepare pork dishes without offending his religion; able seaman Ricky Gleeson who had 49 convictions before he was 21 and Dave Garraghty the most senior non-commissioned officer on board with a passion for car boot sales.

After four days at sea, the first aircraft lands on the flight deck and all seems well but then there is an explosion in a cooling plant, a fuel leak that sprays everyone with diesel and the ship's rubbish disposal system goes wrong. There are also strange knocking sounds coming from underneath the ship.
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Episode 2, Series 1, Britain's Biggest Warship - BBC Two
 
What a good program we had tonight, I am already looking forward to the last one.. At last the answer to the propulsion controversy and some drunken sailors doing what they do best as they come aboard after a night out. I thoroughly enjoyed that.
 
After the HMS Raleigh programme which was outclassed by the Army documentary on junior soldiers, it's great to see how well done the QNLZ series is. Rightly putting the RN back in the public domain and very positively. The Rhod Gilbert Work Experience was very funny and again the RN comes it of it looking good.
 

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What a good program we had tonight, I am already looking forward to the last one.. At last the answer to the propulsion controversy and some drunken sailors doing what they do best as they come aboard after a night out. I thoroughly enjoyed that.
Agreed. Finally a TV programme which looks at the real reason for our armed forces and who served in them without turning one into a 'loser' by using sneaky editing.

A very good programme and one the navy should be proud of. Problem noted, found, analysed and fixed - lots of happy engineers. The EWO seems to be setting himself up as the Ship's Character. Still, not as if he had anything else to do! :cool:

Looking forward to the final part, and maybe another programme once the ship is a few years old.
 
Agreed; a very good and entertaining programme with just the right balance between the main issues, role and people. I particularly like ‘Wes’ the Muslim chef!

Regards,
MM
 
What a good program we had tonight, I am already looking forward to the last one.. At last the answer to the propulsion controversy and some drunken sailors doing what they do best as they come aboard after a night out. I thoroughly enjoyed that.
You must be easily pleased, the Navy to me looks absolutely soul destroying, it must be the worst recruiting ad it has had since Barham decided to make itself a permanent part of the med sea bed.

When that guy talked about being a "bit of a naughty boy" i expected him to perhaps have a run in with plod as a teenager but when he spilt the beans about his forty odd convictions and his various prisons i nearly spat my tea out he had a record that was longer than a bog roll.

If the Navy is now recruiting hardened adult criminals it tells us just how bad the recruiting problem is. It might work out for this guy he might have turned another leaf but sooner or later the chickens are going to come home to roost.
 
Agreed; a very good and entertaining programme with just the right balance between the main issues, role and people. I particularly like ‘Wes’ the Muslim chef!

Regards,
MM

Why, because he was a Muslim Chef?
 
Why, because he was a Muslim Chef?
No. Because he was a cheerful character who I thought came over very well.

Regards,
MM
 
Forty nine fekkin' convictions. Including jail time. I knew the RN is short staffed but that's taking rehabilitation a bit too far.

You'd have thought the supply officer would have ordered up some halal pork so the muslim chef could eat it as well instead of just cooking it. Stingy b@stards. Do they have halal food on RN ships? Anybody know?

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One old timer was speculating about getting a parrot for the mess and teaching it "Jackspeak". I'm an even older timer. Years ago, the wardroom on a frigate adopted a parrot and within weeks they had the most foul beaked beast ever to pollute the seven seas. Sure enough, the Queen came to visit Portsmouth and the ship with the linguistic parrot was selected to provide lunch.

Even though she had been married to PtG for decades, it was thought that this had not prepared her for Percy the parrot and his stunning vocabulary. Either the Queen had to be got rid of or Percy had to be got rid of and one of those options involved treason.

Until the ship was scrapped, it was rumoured that, on a still night at anchor, you could still hear Percy's ghost calling Let me out you feckers from inside the tiller flat, where he had been incarcerated for the duration of the Queen's lunch.
 
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After the HMS Raleigh programme which was outclassed by the Army documentary on junior soldiers, it's great to see how well done the QNLZ series is. Rightly putting the RN back in the public domain and very positively. The Rhod Gilbert Work Experience was very funny and again the RN comes it of it looking good.

To me it looks like it is still trying to be the Navy it once was, instead of the noahs ark it has now become.
 
I've just had the first of this series on in the background; looked over from kindle to see a couple of cooks in their galley. Shots of people with guts like that I'd expect to see in the Sun, under a headline berating the bloated shape of British tourists on foreign beaches. Seriously; that can't be excused. Although I've seen storemen - even in airborne units - that fat, it was many, many years ago; I would have thought that it was a safety issue on a ship.
 
Wes should have joined the merch. No bumbling around wondering where Mecca was. He just had to wait for the noon announcement...

'Position is blah blah, Miles steamed in the past 24 hours is blah blah, Mecca is 3 points on the starboard bow'...
 

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