Media Items of Naval Interest (MINI)


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Pompey News: "Victorious Festival is ready to rock"

‘Let’s give Portsmouth a festival!’
Those were the words spoken by Andy Marsh, Ben Miles and James Ralls, who between them run Osborne Road pub eaterie the Belle Isle, its little sister in Chichester, and the Little Johnny Russell’s music bar at the top of Albert Road. This time last year they were gearing up to help out with the Victorious Vintage event, which saw around 40,000 people turn up for a free gig at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. But this year they’re doing something even more special with the Victorious Festival in August.

‘We had bands playing on a stage next to HMS Victory,’ says Andy, while sipping coffee in the Belle Isle.
‘They all thought it was an awesome place to be. We love music, and we thought let’s give Portsmouth a festival, with the idea to get as many local businesses and as many local bands involved as possible.’


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Pompey News: "Battle commences for field gun competition"

GRIT, determination and pure strength were on show at HMS Sultan yesterday.
Two teams went against each other in the Roya Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun Competition. The event see teams work together to assemble a limber – the front part of a gun carriage – before pulling it forward and attaching it to the gun which weighs 1,200lbs.

Each crew was made up of 18 field gunners who raced to assemble an antique field gun and run with it along a track. They have to disassemble and reassemble the limber and gun, before dragging it home. The intense competition sees more than a tonne of weight lifted in one go, along with the gun being shot six times.

The Brickwood Competition takes place on June 1 at HMS Collingwood, Fareham. HM Naval Base Portsmouth will be trying to retain its title and beat its winning time on one minute, 19 seconds.

Tickets can be bought on the door and start at £5 for children and OAPs or £8 for an adult. Family tickets can be bought at £21. For more information visit and search for HMS Collingwood Open Day.


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FFS, someone posts a decent idea, that a lot of other forum members agree with and, as fackin usual, it is ignored (by those with a pseudo deity status).

Well **** it, I give up.

Was on Hols Jim.....good vid #8.
One for the Clankies

Another significant event for the clankies:

Navy News 12 Jun 2013 said:
The roar of Olympus no longer sounds at HMS Sultan as the mighty engine has been turned off for good. The gas turbine, which has powered frigates, destroyers and carriers, as well as Concorde and Vulcan bombers, will be phased out next year.

THE greatest British engine of its generation has breathed its last as instructors at the Royal Navy’s engineering school switch off the ‘mighty Olympus’. For 35 years, marine engineers at HMS Sultan in Gosport have learned how to maintain and run the Olympus, which has powered a generation of warships (as well as Concorde and the Vulcan bomber).

But with the very last Olympus-powered ship in the Fleet, HMS Illustrious, due to pay off next year, there’s no longer the need to train marine engineers. So after burning 2.1 million gallons (9.5 million litres) of fuel – enough to fill the tanks of nearly 175,000 Ford Focus cars… or take your average family car to the moon and back 176 times) – since 1978, the gas turbine was powered down for the last time...
The Tyne was shut down for the final time last year:



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Pompey News: "Sailor Earns US Qualification"


A Royal Navy sailor has become the first to qualify as an aircraft director on a US carrier.

Chief Petty Officer Stacy Gager, an aircraft handler by trade, is trained to co-ordinate aircraft moving around the USS Eisenhower as they prepare to fly or come in to land.
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Pompey News: "Aft' Island Lifted Into Place on HMS QE1 (with video)"

SHIPBUILDERS gathered to watch as the aft island of HMS Queen Elizabeth was lifted into place today.
The island, which houses the ship’s air traffic control equipment, was lowered onto the flight deck of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier. It is the final section of HMS Queen Elizabeth to arrive at the Rosyth assembly site.
I was part of the original design team for the CVF project and still they built it? If the customer could have made their mind up what it was they wanted and more important what they could afford, they would have both been in-service by now?


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Pompey News: "Brass Band at Silverstone" (Blame the newspaper for the headline...) :oops:

MILITARY musicians of the Royal Marines Band Service are used to performing in front of huge audiences. So they took the opportunity to perform in front of a worldwide audience of millions well in their stride.

Members of the Portsmouth band performed to a television audience of millions at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. The band appeared live on the BBC and Sky TV, playing the national anthem on the starting grid at Silverstone.


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Used to go to Royal Tournament every year when I was a kid, absolutely loved it and then, in 1974, I was in it as part of the Queens Colour Guard, Phil the Greek inspected us.

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