Ark Royal's final voyage.

wannabejack

Lantern Swinger
Anyone know where one could find more detail on where the Ark will be next week? I know she leaves Portsmouth on Tuesday and is stopping off in Newcastle on the way to Scotland to offload weaponry. I am assuming that it will be Crombie that she is headed for but could be Loch Long? Anyway, what I really want to know is if she will be headed up the Firth of Forth under the iconic bridges. Anyone have any idea?
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Sigh. Link already posted but here it is again

My bold and italics. Doesn't look as if she's going to Crombie.

There is the very last chance to see Ark sail out of her home under her own power on Tuesday when the carrier sails for Scotland to offload ammunition before negotiating the seas off Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth to make for Newcastle.

Tyneside is as close as the ship can get to her affiliated city of Leeds (whose citizens have been bound with three Ark Royals and who would like the ship’s bell when ship no.5 pays off).

After a few days in the North East, the carrier will cross the North Sea and sail up the Elbe to Hamburg for a ‘cultural visit’ (ie run ashore to thank the ship’s company for all their efforts) before a final entry into Portsmouth on December 3 when the ship will trail a very long decommissioning pennant.
very long decommissioning pennant.
Is there another kind?
 
You can use the 'Search Box' to find out where she is (and other ships)

http://www.shipais.com/index.php

Bear in mind this function only works when AIS is turned on. Obviously for OPSEC this varies but this site is in the public domain anyway. It does beg the question should it be ?

Perhaps not ?
 
Anyone remember ARKs first run ashore after her long refit in 2001 fcuking Cherburg and it was closed except for the bars. Fcuking riot as I recall so many in the shit, I copped for OOD 2nd night alongside didn't get a wink of kip too busy banging them up and putting sentries on the harmless mingers - male and female.
What a fcuking horrible job OOD was, waiting all night for the shit to hit the fan and on ARK it never let you down
 

scouse

War Hero
Seadog said:
Sigh. Link already posted but here it is again

My bold and italics. Doesn't look as if she's going to Crombie.

There is the very last chance to see Ark sail out of her home under her own power on Tuesday when the carrier sails for Scotland to offload ammunition before negotiating the seas off Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth to make for Newcastle.

Tyneside is as close as the ship can get to her affiliated city of Leeds (whose citizens have been bound with three Ark Royals and who would like the ship’s bell when ship no.5 pays off).

After a few days in the North East, the carrier will cross the North Sea and sail up the Elbe to Hamburg for a ‘cultural visit’ (ie run ashore to thank the ship’s company for all their efforts) before a final entry into Portsmouth on December 3 when the ship will trail a very long decommissioning pennant.
very long decommissioning pennant.
Is there another kind?
Ha! Ha! SD but it wont be this long, will it??? and the skipper an ex Buccaneer pilot i used to strap in at Lossiemouth :lol: :lol: Monday 4th December 1978. Ark enters Plymouth sound in procedure Alfa flying the 450 ft paying off pennant. Thousands of people lined the vantage points of Plymouth Sound.
0850 hrs. Captain Anson orders “Ring off main Engines†The reply came so “Engines rung off for the last time, Sirâ€.
42255 Nautical Miles steamed on this final deployment.
 

finknottle

Banned
Those were the days eh real aircraft carriers. I remember once when we had to wait in the river as Singers dockyard was topped up with the buggers.
 
stan_the_man said:
Anyone remember ARKs first run ashore after her long refit in 2001 fcuking Cherburg and it was closed except for the bars. Fcuking riot as I recall so many in the shit, I copped for OOD 2nd night alongside didn't get a wink of kip too busy banging them up and putting sentries on the harmless mingers - male and female.
What a fcuking horrible job OOD was, waiting all night for the shit to hit the fan and on ARK it never let you down
I was there - were you OOD when the off watch UDS decided to get and get sh*tfaced? His 1st sea-draft and didn't realise he had to stay on-board when off-watch!

I was Duty YO at the time, mildly amusing!
 
Hamburg bids farewell to its "most loyal grey ship" as Ark Royal departs

Navy News 1 Dec 2010 said:
WITH smoke from her funnel drifting across the Nordelbe, Britain’s flagship pulls away from her berth in Germany’s greatest port as her farewell tour draws to a close. HMS Ark Royal spent five days in Hamburg berthed on the edge of the Hanseatic city’s centre (and 15 minutes’ walk from the Reeperbahn...), a final run ashore to reward the ship’s company for their unstinting service...
Note that she's due to pass the Round Tower, wearing her decommissioning pendant, around 0940 on Friday morning while being overflown by four Harrier GR9s.
 

Asst_Ed

Lantern Swinger
I'm still a bit bemused by the "treuestes graues Schiff unter allen Marinen der Welt" description by the Hamburg paper...

... and the "Salzwasser Charme" of the CO. Literally 'salt water charm'/'briny charm'. Sea dog's a very loose translation but makes more sense. :lol:
 

Andy_Cap

War Hero
Asst_Ed said:
I'm still a bit bemused by the "treuestes graues Schiff unter allen Marinen der Welt" description by the Hamburg paper...

... and the "Salzwasser Charme" of the CO. Literally 'salt water charm'/'briny charm'. Sea dog's a very loose translation but makes more sense. :lol:
Yes bemused me a bit also
 
Asst_Ed said:
I'm still a bit bemused by the "treuestes graues Schiff unter allen Marinen der Welt" description by the Hamburg paper...

... and the "Salzwasser Charme" of the CO. Literally 'salt water charm'/'briny charm'. Sea dog's a very loose translation but makes more sense. :lol:
And I'm betting the Germans would be bemused by some of your puns, too. Mind you, as I heard an exceptionally witty German Ambassador say on the Today programme a few years ago: "We Germans have an extremely good sense of humour; in fact we take it very seriously."

Incidentally, it's a shame not to see "Our Man(chester) in Havana" in the Dec edition of NN but you're welcome to use it next month if you wish. :wink:
 

Asst_Ed

Lantern Swinger
Naval_Gazer said:
And I'm betting the Germans would be bemused by some of your puns, too.
Not to mention most English-speakers... :D

Naval_Gazer said:
Incidentally, it's a shame not to see "Our Man(chester) in Havana" in the Dec edition of NN but you're welcome to use it next month if you wish. :wink:
Dep Ed's doing the Cuba page so it'll probably be pun free. :(

Shame, cos I quite fancied getting my teeth into a Castronomic delight...
 
RIP the Fleet Air Arm's fixed wing capability. In the month the Royal Navy dropped from being a first class Navy to a third class Navy and the year the French Navy celebrated the 100th anniversary of its aviation (link):

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10 Dec 2010: FS Charles De Gaulle with USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Mickler/Released)[/align]

The 38,000 ton French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) is carrying an air group comprising 12 upgraded Super Etendard, 10 Rafale and 2 Hawkeyes plus helicopters. This is her fifth deployment to support military operations in Afghanistan (the previous four were in 2001/2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007).
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
When you look at the amount of hardware in the picture above, acting in support of operations in Afghanistan, it's hard to believe the peasant farmers still appear to be winning against the supposed might & technology of the combined massed military force of the West.

That said, whilst aware the US had provided air support from sea to troops hundreds of miles inland, proving the worth of the aircraft carrier, I was unaware our new 'close allies', aka: the French, were capable of doing the same with Etendards & Rafales.
 

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