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HMS Queen Elizabeth to exercise with a full deck

Old 23rd Sep 2020, 15:04
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Originally Posted by JENKINS View Post
My assessment earlier concerned the uniform and the stance of the 'sailors' photographed.
What on earth are you going on about?
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 15:11
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Fourteen jets and a couple of helos on deck and you run out of space fairly quickly. There's a reason she's a biggun.....
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 22:52
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Shame it is not an air wing. Of British aircraft. When will we be getting what we wanted to order?
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 23:06
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Originally Posted by Cat Techie View Post
Shame it is not an air wing. Of British aircraft. When will we be getting what we wanted to order?
Some time around Two thousand and never....
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Old 24th Sep 2020, 08:50
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Originally Posted by Union Jack View Post
So very unlike you to make such a graceless post, Nutty, quite apart from the fact that your comment is totally unconnected to the thread - I'm genuinely surprised at you and seriously suggest you reconsider its inclusion.

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Nutty's post is on topic and makes perfect sense, Jack. It's all about whether or not the Navy are playing with a full deck.
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Old 24th Sep 2020, 09:27
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Those Yanks need to guard their aircraft while on a British carrier. I once spent an evening with an ex US Marine Phantom pilot who once landed on a British carrier because of a problem. As you can imagine he was well entertained in a fashion not possible on US ships and, the next morning, found that his aircraft had been suitably drafted into the Royal Navy.
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Old 24th Sep 2020, 11:22
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Originally Posted by Union Jack View Post
So very unlike you to make such a graceless post, Nutty, quite apart from the fact that your comment is totally unconnected to the thread - I'm genuinely surprised at you and seriously suggest you reconsider its inclusion.

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​​​​​​Nutty's post is on topic and makes perfect sense, Jack. It's all about whether or not the Navy are playing with a full deck.
Oh, fair enough.

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/raf-officer-faces-court-martial-2967101?
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Old 24th Sep 2020, 15:05
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Apologies Jack, just saw your post and agree, a bit of drift there...... so have removed it.
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Old 24th Sep 2020, 15:56
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Apologies Jack, just saw your post and agree, a bit of drift there...... so have removed it.
and a bit of a wimpy reply. He didnít pull you up for thread drift. He pulled you up for what looked like a pretty weak attempt at humour, describing it as graceless!
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Old 24th Sep 2020, 17:07
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Originally Posted by pulse1 View Post
Those Yanks need to guard their aircraft while on a British carrier. I once spent an evening with an ex US Marine Phantom pilot who once landed on a British carrier because of a problem. As you can imagine he was well entertained in a fashion not possible on US ships and, the next morning, found that his aircraft had been suitably drafted into the Royal Navy.
You mean this one !


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Old 24th Sep 2020, 19:36
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All is fair in love and cross decking,

I'm sure someone willl be along shortly with photos of USN altered FG1s. (please)
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Old 24th Sep 2020, 20:03
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1976

I'm sure many will remember 1976 when the USN F4s had 1776 -1976 proudly emblazoned on their fins (vertical stabilisers - OK?)
892's F4s had 876-1976 on theirs. (about the time King Alf started the
Navy, no not 892, Brian)
This was not understood by the cousins.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 01:11
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Originally Posted by SLXOwft View Post
All is fair in love and cross decking,

I'm sure someone willl be along shortly with photos of USN altered FG1s. (please)

Ot the Tornado (I think) that left a sleepy desert USAF base in Nevada with some new art on it.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 04:20
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Originally Posted by SLXOwft View Post
All is fair in love and cross decking,

I'm sure someone willl be along shortly with photos of USN altered FG1s. (please)
Here you are




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Old 25th Sep 2020, 04:40
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Originally Posted by twothree View Post
You mean this one !

One of a series of photos I took, so here's the dit

We were operating in the Med and cross-decked with USS Forrestal, but like all good things it came to an end and we brought our toys home to Mother and tried sending theirs back. Unfortunately 207 repeatedly went U/S and things became dire as we were due into Grand Harbour where Dom Mintoff, Malta's PM, had declared all things military associated with the USA to be unwelcome. A last attempt to launch 207 failed so it was rapidly dispatched to the lower hangar before we entered harbour.

All was well, and the US Marine crew thoroughly enjoyed the benefits of being on a warship which allowed grown men to consume alcohol. After the usual Cocker's P, visits from local dignitaries, etc, it was deemed safe to bring 207 up from the Buccaneer hangar into the upper hangar where the 892NAS team could work on the snags. Somewhere along the way the odd 892 sticker zaps became a better idea of a complete repaint on the fin.

This became quite handy when ground runs were required, as all USMC markings were covered with brown paper and the tail seemed quite enough to allow runs on deck, noise to Valletta residents notwithstanding.

Came time to leave harbour and the first call was to Flying Stations, launch the VMFA-531 F4 regardless of servicability. Off it went back to Forrestal where Cdr Bill Quirk, CO of 531, was so taken with the zap that he kept it all the way home and launched to lead his squadron with one of the best zaps of its time

A few more images, including one when I went over to Forrestal to pick up our maintenance guys and return (some) of theirs!

















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Old 25th Sep 2020, 07:39
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Great story + pics John!
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 08:50
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...and then there were 15 (plus 8 helos).


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Old 25th Sep 2020, 11:13
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A CAG of 14 jets plus some helos is not much compared to 60+ cabs on USN or even the old RN. Why are they saying its a big fleet then?
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 11:45
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Originally Posted by TBM-Legend View Post
A CAG of 14 jets plus some helos is not much compared to 60+ cabs on USN or even the old RN. Why are they saying its a big fleet then?
That's not what they're saying at all. They're saying "HMSQNLZ embarked the largest air group of 5th generation fighters yet put to sea anywhere in the world." Are you suggesting it's not true?
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 13:13
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Originally Posted by John Eacott View Post
One of a series of photos I took, so here's the dit

We were operating in the Med and cross-decked with USS Forrestal, but like all good things it came to an end and we brought our toys home to Mother and tried sending theirs back. Unfortunately 207 repeatedly went U/S and things became dire as we were due into Grand Harbour where Dom Mintoff, Malta's PM, had declared all things military associated with the USA to be unwelcome. A last attempt to launch 207 failed so it was rapidly dispatched to the lower hangar before we entered harbour.

All was well, and the US Marine crew thoroughly enjoyed the benefits of being on a warship which allowed grown men to consume alcohol. After the usual Cocker's P, visits from local dignitaries, etc, it was deemed safe to bring 207 up from the Buccaneer hangar into the upper hangar where the 892NAS team could work on the snags. Somewhere along the way the odd 892 sticker zaps became a better idea of a complete repaint on the fin.

This became quite handy when ground runs were required, as all USMC markings were covered with brown paper and the tail seemed quite enough to allow runs on deck, noise to Valletta residents notwithstanding.

Came time to leave harbour and the first call was to Flying Stations, launch the VMFA-531 F4 regardless of servicability. Off it went back to Forrestal where Cdr Bill Quirk, CO of 531, was so taken with the zap that he kept it all the way home and launched to lead his squadron with one of the best zaps of its time

A few more images, including one when I went over to Forrestal to pick up our maintenance guys and return (some) of theirs!

















There were hangars on two decks ?
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