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HMS Illustrious final homecoming


Some pics that I took today.


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War Hero
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Not that I'm an expert on these things but as she is still under way, why is she flying the jack plus 2 white ensigns and no paying off pennant?


War Hero
I joined her at Swan Hunter in 82 a week before sailing down the Tyne with shipyard workers still working below decks.
I heard a radio interview with a WO still serving on her today who was in the same mess as me in 82


War Hero
She was flying a paying off pennant - just visible in the top two piccies. Nice to see so many turned out and good to see a 736 Hawk and the RNHF Sea Fury as well.

Funnily enough, she's still running engines alongside SJ this morning.
I managed to catch the newly completed blocks for Prince of Wales, the RN's newest carrier, being towed past Lusty on their way from Portsmouth to Rosyth yesterday afternoon.

POW blocks being towed past Lusty 22 Jul 2014a med.jpg


War Hero
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Thanks SF and NaB, that makes sense and I couldn't make out the paying off pennant on any of the phots.


War Hero
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Thanks SF and NaB, that makes sense and I couldn't make out the paying off pennant on any of the phots.

Wrecks. If you see the first photo. Look at the wake and you'll see a white line going up towards the transom my 'andsome. follow that up and you'll see the rest of it :)


War Hero
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Wrecks. If you see the first photo. Look at the wake and you'll see a white line going up towards the transom my 'andsome. follow that up and you'll see the rest of it :)

I've pinged it now dappers, must admit, being a nugget I thought the line from the stern to the wet wobbly stuff was a mark on the photo :tard:
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