They are indeed Bridle Catchers and the Ark had two fitted, one to the bow catapault and one to the portside catapault. They were fitted during the 1967-1970 refit. The reason being the cost of the bridles lost over the side during launch of aircraft prior to the bridle catchers being fitted. After being fitted the bridles could be used again. After launch the steam catapault was pulled back to the loading point and it would bring the bridle back with it. Even though the Eagle took part in Phantom trials it was later decided that they would be based on the Ark and that is why the catchers were not fitted to her and she was decommisssioned in 1972 and anchored in Plymouth sound to be cannabilised for parts for the Ark until 1978.uncle_ho said:What is the purpose of those snout like things that stick out from the front of a carrier's flight deck? (The old Ark Royal had one added in a refit while Eagle didn't) I read somewhere that they were to catch the launching strop after the aircraft had been catapulted. How did they work? Did someone have to walk on down and pick the strops up by hand?
HMAS Yarra is definetly the lead ship also involved in our task group were HMAS Parramatta HMS Agincourt Chichester Plymouth/ :thumright: Wafu forever (on the first picture)Nutty said:OK Swiss Navy in your pictures we have Victorious, two Oz River Class Type 12 frigates, two Battle Class destroyers, with some thing smaller at the rear of the sail past and another smaller frigate second in line and maybe a County leading the line. Plus two other carriers. Can you remember what these other ships were. Purely out of interest.
yes that is correct HMS Eagle wessex 820 sqdn lost 2 helicopters on consecutive days my oppo was the aircrewman on one of the choppers LEM Little the crew were L/T Rayment SL/T Mathews and A/SL/T Clay. Dont have any info of the OZ Loss .regards scouseSeaweed said:Ace pix. Have a feeling I was on that in London; and that this was the ex (off Pulau Langkawi) where three aircraft (one of them Oz) went in in one day and five aircrew were lost. Price of Admiralty (and of 'Confronting' Sukarno). Other FAA were lost in the ulu, presumably still there - RIP.
exercise ROYAL FLUSH in the Med HMS Victorious leads HMS Ark Royal and HMS Hermes :thumright:Naval_Gazer said: