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BBC2 - Britain's Biggest Warship - Sunday, April 15th 2018 - 8 pm

soleil

War Hero
"HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most advanced warship ever constructed in Britain. This three-part series for BBC Two follows the ultra-modern super aircraft carrier as she is taken to sea for the first time on gruelling and risky sea trials that push ship and crew to breaking point.

Taking viewers on an epic voyage of discovery, from construction in the building yard to the rigorous trials in which everything is tested for the first time – Britain’s Biggest Warship tells the extraordinary story of a super-carrier that will be in service for the next 50 years.

Embedded within the ship’s company of 700 sailors, award-winning filmmaker Chris Terrill captures an intimate and personal portrait of life on board as the men and women learn the intricacies of a warship that will change the way Britain goes to war."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2018/16/britains-biggest-warship
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
The pubs in Invergordon still miss us. The dirty dollar probably hasn't seen anything like it before.
 

soleil

War Hero
Episode 1

"It is early 2016 and sailors begin to arrive at Rosyth dockyard in Scotland where HMS Queen Elizabeth is still under construction. Captain Jerry Kyd and his 700 sailors assemble to take up their posts on the biggest warship constructed for the Royal Navy. Their mission? To take the prototype warship to sea for the first time on dangerous make or break sea trials in the North Sea.

Before sailing, the crew have to undergo rigorous fire and flood training, but suddenly they are faced with the real thing. Has the training paid off? And how will they get the supercarrier out of the dockyard sea gate with only a few centimetres clearance either side? They will also have to sail her under the Forth road and rail bridges - no easy task when HMS Queen Elizabeth is taller than both.

With unprecedented access, this series - three years in the making - tells the behind-the-scenes story of what makes HMS Queen Elizabeth so unique and how her crew are working together to breathe life into Britain's biggest warship."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b08zpp
 
<<...taken to sea for the first time on gruelling and risky sea trials that push ship and crew to breaking point...>>

Gadzooks - That'll be the former MLP then, eh?

(Her sojourn southwards being almost coincident with his mysterious departure from RR...)
 

soleil

War Hero
Clips, Episode 1:

Clip 1

After months of waiting, the ship's company finally make HMS Queen Elizabeth their home, and will now transform the grey metal box into a fully functioning warship."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p063yx84

Clip 2

The crew take the super carrier on its first test cruise where everyone is pushed to their limits and when adverse weather puts a stop to proceedings, it's all hands on deck.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p063yx7x
 
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slim

War Hero
Very informative.
Both myself and wife (ex POWREN) noticed that the officers were far more ordinary than in our day, I didn't hear any Dartmouth English being spoken. In fact if in civies it would be difficult to pick out an officer from a rating. This is brilliant and the kind of navy that I would have preffered to have served in.
For a comparison watch any episode of "Sailor".
Things have changed in 32 years and very much for the better
 

24681012

Badgeman
Very informative.
Both myself and wife (ex POWREN) noticed that the officers were far more ordinary than in our day, I didn't hear any Dartmouth English being spoken. In fact if in civies it would be difficult to pick out an officer from a rating. This is brilliant and the kind of navy that I would have preffered to have served in.
For a comparison watch any episode of "Sailor".
Things have changed in 32 years and very much for the better
I agree. However the difference in accommodation space provided to junior officers compared to other ranks is less justifiable and must to some extent contribute to recruitment problems.
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
I agree. However the difference in accommodation space provided to junior officers compared to other ranks is less justifiable and must to some extent contribute to recruitment problems.

Not really - Officers use their cabins as offices too. There is also an issue that was spotted with building a ships company ethos that single rooms for all make it hard to build ethos - in Pompey they were planning to double up rooms to get people to talk to each other again. There is also the sense of reward from getting a better cabin etc as you progress up.
 

soleil

War Hero
The Telegraph's Review of the programme:

"Ed Power
15 April 2018 • 9:00pm

Britain's Biggest Warship review – A Smidgen More Inquisitiveness Might Not Have Gone Amiss

The most underwhelming thing about Britain’s Biggest Warship (BBC Two) was the gargantuan tub itself. HMS Queen Elizabeth might be taller than Nelson’s Column, with sufficient engine capacity to power all of Swindon (or Aberdeen, if you’d rather a Scottish comparison). But, heavens, the mammoth aircraft carrier – three times larger than predecessors HMS Ark Royal and Illustrious – cut a joyless figure as it underwent final pre-launch preparations at Rosyth dockyard on the Firth of Forth.

Looming in the murk Royal Navy's £3.1 billion new flagship was a ruthless triumph of function over form – a gunmetal lump with a runway that culminated in what resembled an outsized speed bump, as if the worst it might encounter patrolling the world’s hotspots was the occasional boy racer.

Happily, part one of Chris Terrill’s three-hour docudrama chronicling the birth pangs, such as they were, of the navy’s most ambitious ever engineering feat was considerably more charming than the dour dreadnought. Helping hugely was the fact that ship’s captain Jerry Kyd, our eyes and ears for the bulk of the episode, was a likeable sort who took a harpoon to seadog archetypes.

Quietly spoken with unflappable manner, Kyd was more Captain Mild than Captain Bligh. He said things like “the world at the moment is pretty frisky” and had the air of a details-oriented middle manager. It was hard to imagine him strapped to the tiller yelling “torpedoes away” (or whatever it is you shout when taking an aircraft carrier taller than Nelson’s Column into battle).

Kyd nonetheless had his work cut out getting the Queen Elizabeth literally ship shape in time for its mid -2017 launch date. One quarter of those setting off on her maiden voyage had never previously been to sea (bit of a setback if you’re a sailor presumably). Plus, health and safety regulations were understandably rigorous. A fire breaking out on deck needed, for instance, to be attended to within 30 seconds and extinguished within 60.

Complicating the puzzle, the Queen Elizabeth’s groundbreaking design involved the hulking twin propellors being driven by power diverted from the engines via electric cable. This, as Kyd might say, was a “frisky” proposition, given that water and electricity tend not to get on terribly well – especially with humans added to the equation.

And so it proved as, during a simulation of life at sea, the Queen Elizabeth sprung a leak in the engine room – sending what looked like gallons of saltwater gushing eagerly down onto all those electrics.

The crisis wasn’t overplayed by Terrill, who had in 2007 been awarded an honorary green beret when embedded with Royal Marine Commandos training for Afghanistan (an experience chronicled in Commando: On The Front Line) . But you could sense the adrenaline as an alarm blared suddenly, prompting a mad, shaky-cam dash into the bowels of the boat as the crew rushed to contain the emergency (which they did, without undue fuss).

Britain’s Biggest Warship was an old-school fly-on-the-wall documentary, with Terrill there to quietly bear witness rather than act as pitbull interrogator. No doubt this helped foster a bond between film-maker and his subjects.

However, it also left some questions dangling in the wind. There was, in particular, a lack of follow-through as it was explained that the new flagship used a “lean manning” model, meaning it was crewed by less than 700 rather than the 3,000 required to run an American carrier of equivalent size.

“Lean manning is not just about efficiency of course,” elaborated the narrator, “but about saving money as defence budgets continue to bite”. For penny-pinching to be a key design principle of the Royal Navy’s posterchild came as an eye-opener – as did the revelation that the missile system utilised delivery logistics similar to that employed by Amazon at its warehouses.

That Britain’s naval prestige was being entrusted to a vessel dependent to technology comparable to that used to deliver Mad Men boxed sets was, on the face of it, disconcerting. Here and elsewhere, a smidgen more inquisitiveness might not have gone amiss."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018...rship-review-a-smidgen-inquisitiveness-might/
 

24681012

Badgeman
Not really - Officers use their cabins as offices too. There is also an issue that was spotted with building a ships company ethos that single rooms for all make it hard to build ethos - in Pompey they were planning to double up rooms to get people to talk to each other again. There is also the sense of reward from getting a better cabin etc as you progress up.
Maybe. I think 2/3 man cabins for all, but the most senior would be a more sustainable use of space and build the ship's ethos just as well. Do junior officers have less need to talk to eachother?
 
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