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

jrwlynch

Lantern Swinger
#41
NELSON W/R is the sort of place where if you put prisoners, they'd sue for human rights violations. A few years ago I stayed there for 2 weeks, then for a course overflow accom issue got a week in VANGUARD block. I went from decrepit room, leaking bathrooms and shoddy 1950s furniture to a modern en suite room in the JRs block.

NELSON is not a nice place to stay!
For those who think the RAF know how to live... the mess up at Wyton is of a similar sort, and doesn't even have the grand dining hall at NELSON - it's a cut'n'shut mix of 1950s Borstal for the rooms, and a 1970s conference centre where Reginald Perrin is about to present the latest additions to Sunshine Desserts' product line, for the dining room...
 

barny006

Lantern Swinger
#42
I got told to move out if my 2 berth cabin to make way for the Enhancement for wrens at sea,I was CPO.s Mess President at the time, just one of the reasons why I resigned.
 

Spare_Rib

Lantern Swinger
#44
I got told to move out if my 2 berth cabin to make way for the Enhancement for wrens at sea,I was CPO.s Mess President at the time, just one of the reasons why I resigned.
The WRNS, and now circa 3,000 females in the RN, are eternally grateful for your incredible sacrifice....... ;)
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#45
CMS in refit in Chatham, us living in RNB as was, Sub was hookrope party for Xmas leave, told to shift berth to a vacant cabin in the WRNS area of the wardroom (saving staff I suppose), grinning like Cheshire Cat when we came back off leave.
 
#48
Episode 2

"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."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b11bb1
 
#49
Clip 1, Episode 2

Preparing for the first helicopter landings

Landing aircraft on a moving ship is a carefully choreographed event and this moment marks the day when HMS Queen Elizabeth finally becomes an aircraft carrier.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p064kvp9


Clip 2, Episode 2

The ship develops a wobble

It's day eight of sea trials and time to test the propulsion system, but when the ship is pushed to high speed the engineers are mystified when they hear knocking noises in the shaft.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p064kvq7
 
#50
Annoyingly, I discovered almost too late that this programme was repeated yesterday (Saturday) afternoon. Caught some of it - so note to self and others - look out next Saturday pm!
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
#51
The 700 sailors on board have to test everything on the ship for the first time
Except for everything that was tested before the ship left the wall in the spotlight. These 700 sailors: did they have a couple of hundred civvies with them or did they do everything themselves?

The journalistic inflation, omission and invention grips my shit.
 

huwshpis

Lantern Swinger
#53
Except for everything that was tested before the ship left the wall in the spotlight. These 700 sailors: did they have a couple of hundred civvies with them or did they do everything themselves?

The journalistic inflation, omission and invention grips my shit.
The journos want the programme to be watched, they think reality is boring and so they puff it up.

Also remember the Wail definition of accurate: it's good enough if one word in 100 is true.
 
#54
The 700 sailors on board have to test everything on the ship for the first time
Except for everything that was tested before the ship left the wall in the spotlight. These 700 sailors: did they have a couple of hundred civvies with them or did they do everything themselves?

The journalistic inflation, omission and invention grips my shit.
You know as well as I that there is world of difference between HATs and SATs.


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#55
Really enjoyed episode 2, what a lovely bunch of people, shows the RN in a really positive way. And really interesting to see everything coming together and all the intricacies involved in life on at sea. I can only hope that they all stay safe. Brilliant series.
 
#57
Episode 3

"HMS Queen Elizabeth approaches the climax of her sea trials in the North Sea. The automatic flight deck fire-fighting system is a major innovation on board but must now be tested for the first time. The new super carrier makes a special and poignant visit to Scapa Flow in the Orkneys to mark an astonishing naval centenary - it is 100 years to the day that an aircraft was successfully landed on a moving vessel but with ultimately tragic consequences. Queen Elizabeth then moves at full speed to rendezvous with American carrier USS George Bush and a major battle group of international warships.

In the US we visit the British top gun pilots training on the top-secret F-35B Lightening stealth fighter that will eventually fly off HMS Queen Elizabeth. Commander Nathan Gray, the Royal Navy's top test pilot, is preparing to land the first F-35 on Queen Elizabeth's flight deck in October 2018. Meanwhile, surprising events on board the warship conspire to remind First Lieutenant Bob Hawkins of his past. He recalls bittersweet memories that prompt him to divulge closely held feelings about the modern navy, his shipmates on Queen Elizabeth and his fears about going to war at sea.

Kirsty and Dickie, the captain's stewards, let slip a secret about the captain that his wife must never know about. And Dani Hobbs, a 24-year-old gunnery instructor, amazes the entire ship's company with a hidden talent that lifts everyone's spirits. Eventually, the gruelling sea trials over, HMS Queen Elizabeth heads south for a dramatic and emotional arrival in Portsmouth which will be her home port for the next 50 years. A few weeks later, we are privy to the ship's commissioning by her namesake - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth."
 
#58
Clip 1, Episode 3

Aircraft for the Carrier

Commander Nath Gray is the UK test pilot for the F35’s, the planes that will eventually take off and land on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065hr18


Clip 2, Episode 3

Preparing for HMS Queen Elizabeth's arrival

The Royal Navy base in Portsmouth is where HMS Queen Elizabeth will finally be based, but first the dredgers must check for unexploded bombs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065hq76
 

clonmel

Lantern Swinger
#60
Clip 1, Episode 3

Aircraft for the Carrier

Commander Nath Gray is the UK test pilot for the F35’s, the planes that will eventually take off and land on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s flight deck

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065hr18


Clip 2, Episode 3

Preparing for HMS Queen Elizabeth's arrival

The Royal Navy base in Portsmouth is where HMS Queen Elizabeth will finally be based, but first the dredgers must check for unexploded bombs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065hq76
Nathan Gray is ONE of about 8 TP's on the F-35 programme, the vast majority of whom are Crabs.
 

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