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    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

    This is a discussion on HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) within the General chat forums, part of the Community channel category; Its arriving at 7am tomorrow morning, confirmed earlier. Will walk down and have a look as it passes by....

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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      Its arriving at 7am tomorrow morning, confirmed earlier.
      Will walk down and have a look as it passes by.


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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      Quote Originally Posted by lettice View Post
      Its arriving at 7am tomorrow morning, confirmed earlier.
      Will walk down and have a look as it passes by.
      There was an announcement yesterday evening. It missed the local TV news but has gone wild on some groups following the carriers. I was out last night so couldn't post anything here.

      She should enter Portsmouth harbour around 07:10 tomorrow morning.

      The weather is the most likely reason. The winds aren't that strong (F4, gusting F5) for Friday morning, but they want to be very careful for the first arrival. The forecast is suggesting that it'll be about the same or worse until next week.

      At least tomorrow morning will be dry, if cloudy, when she arrives.

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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      Just back from cheering her into port

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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      a few more...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)-hmsqe4.jpg

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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      I've only been able to copy them across so far and look at a couple of pictures. So for the moment...

      Sunrise over Southsea...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)-p1320234-twk-sign-scubbie-2.jpg

      HMS Queen Elizabeth as she enters Portsmouth Harbour for the first time...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)-p1320303-twk-crop-sign-scubbie-2.jpg

      You can get a good idea of her size in this image as you can see the buildings in Southsea behind her. It's also possible to make out many of the crew who are positioned around the ship in formation. Anyone here know what the position is called and why it is done?

      I have a number of other pictures to go through. These two stood out though. I also have some video footage to go through as well.
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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      It's also possible to make out many of the crew who are positioned around the ship in formation. Anyone here know what the position is called and why it is done?
      "It's known as Manning the Rails.

      When a man of war entered a foreign port, the crew would man the rails as evidence that there was no hostile intent (if they were all on deck, they couldn't be preparing the guns to fire). In this respect it's linked to the tradition of Gun Salutes, by which you fired your cannon at sea before entering port as proof they were empty."

      See also - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manning_the_rail
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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      Talk about an empty threat??
      Look we have the biggest and most expensive Carrier Warship ever. No planes for it though for some years, by which time it'll be due for an expensive refit.
      Meanwhile back in the slums............

      I'm knocking the politics - not the sailors.

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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      Quote Originally Posted by speedyrite View Post
      "It's known as Manning the Rails.

      When a man of war entered a foreign port, the crew would man the rails as evidence that there was no hostile intent (if they were all on deck, they couldn't be preparing the guns to fire). In this respect it's linked to the tradition of Gun Salutes, by which you fired your cannon at sea before entering port as proof they were empty."

      See also - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manning_the_rail
      The Royal Navy refer to it as "Procedure 'Alpha'".

      Yes it is to show that the canon weren't going to be fired as you entered a port. Of course today many of the guns as automated, but it still makes for a good site to see that there are crew aboard.

      Quote Originally Posted by BurnIT View Post
      Talk about an empty threat??
      Look we have the biggest and most expensive Carrier Warship ever. No planes for it though for some years, by which time it'll be due for an expensive refit.
      Meanwhile back in the slums............

      I'm knocking the politics - not the sailors.
      She is due to travel to North America at the end of next year where she'll take on 12 F35Bs. After that she'll start some trials to ensure that everything works well. At the moment various UK RAF, FAA (Fleet Air Arm) and RN personnel are working in the USA as the both test and get used to the new F35B planes.

      It's worth noting that both RAF and FAA will have F35B planes and both with spend time aboard the new carriers.

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      Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

      Recent footage of the F35Bs being launched and landing on a US carrier...

      https://www.facebook.com/MilitaryMac...1463015090480/

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      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Of course today many of the guns as automated, but it still makes for a good site to see that there are crew aboard.
      I suppose they still need "real people" to do some things on board!
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