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Welcome aboard USS ‘Badass’ — the world’s biggest warship

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Welcome aboard USS ‘Badass’ — the world’s biggest warship

Lengthy article plus photos in The Times about the USS Gerald F Ford currently anchored off Portsmouth.
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"it has so many sailors they get through 7,000 bacon rashers every day"


Have they never been on a UK Type 42? By their reckoning above I work it out that it has a crew of just 500 men. :-)
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"it has so many sailors they get through 7,000 bacon rashers every day"
Bear in mind the mean, weightless dessicated slivers that American call 'rashers' aren't remotely comparable to the real bacon served in the RN...They're about as comparable as a 'bag of chips" in either language.

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Yes, totally agree.

A modest, tailored "English" at a good Briitish hotel yesterday: served on a hot hot plate with toast, 2 mighty rashers with rind still on, and some fat, one sausage, one hash brown, half a tomato for a bit of colour, and one poached egg: I turned down lunch as unnecessary.

Suggested alternatives: mushroom, black pudding, fried egg, , fried bread cooked in tomato pips.

Baked beans are not an officer option, merely a token gesture to the bowels.
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Is all the poop from the ship going straight into Portsmouth waters or do they have a large holding tank that they can releaxe later near .less friendly waters?
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Is all the poop from the ship going straight into Portsmouth waters or do they have a large holding tank that they can releaxe later near .less friendly waters?
There used to be a honey barge in the good old days but I suspect most modern warships have processing facilities or they would not be allowed in most port areas.
I used to commute along the seafront at Alverstoke in my second Naval Tour and again in my last RAF tour. I remember the first time.I saw a Nimitz class flat top moored in the Solent. “Big” does not cut it. It was almost like someone had built the IoW bridge overnight. The magic never grew old. I did wangle a tour on board the USS California while it was moored there. I seem to recall the hangar deck not only had ac parked in it but there were more hung from the deck head, but that may be a trick of memory.
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Is all the poop from the ship going straight into Portsmouth waters or do they have a large holding tank that they can releaxe later near .less friendly waters?
Given the amount of raw sewage our own water companies pump into the sea along the South Coast whenever it rains, I'm not sure it makes much difference.
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Originally Posted by langleybaston View Post
Yes, totally agree.

A modest, tailored "English" at a good Briitish hotel yesterday: served on a hot hot plate with toast, 2 mighty rashers with rind still on, and some fat, one sausage, one hash brown, half a tomato for a bit of colour, and one poached egg: I turned down lunch as unnecessary.

Suggested alternatives: mushroom, black pudding, fried egg, , fried bread cooked in tomato pips.

Baked beans are not an officer option, merely a token gesture to the bowels.
Just out of historic interest. When did hash brown(s), an American invention, become part of the 'full english breakfast'?
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Just out of historic interest. When did hash brown(s), an American invention, become part of the 'full english breakfast'?

Good question. I cannot be sure because we consu.med many in BFG before back to UK on retirement 1997, but they were BBQ fillers throughout. 30 years perhaps?
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Surely in BFG you would have been served proper Rösti rather then 'hash browns'? There is a difference!
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Baked beans are not an officer option, merely a token gesture to the bowels.
So is that a preventative measure to ensure one is not misunderstood when talking to Other Ranks?​​​​​​​
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So is that a preventative measure to ensure one is not misunderstood when talking to Other Ranks?
One does not talk to other ranks, one either addresses them or "has a chat"
Hash browns are not part of a Full English in my book.
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Excuse my half-a-topic-drift, but it's a shame that all this breakfast goes to waste with half a dozen hypersonic ASM's.
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The one thing you Brits do exactly right is a full proper Breakfast including Beans).....less the Blood Sausage thing....shame ya'll never embraced Country Ham, Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits (American usage), and Molasses.

There is the American Breakfast as ya'll call it....and a real Breakfast done Southern style.

Hash Browns are not part of a proper American Breakfast either.....Home Fries done with Green Pepper and Onions are the standard where I was raised.
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Surely in BFG you would have been served proper Rösti rather then 'hash browns'? There is a difference!
Absolutely true: hash browns when adding some carbs to a BBQ or breakfast, but never when ordering a meal outside the home. I am pretty sure the Mess did not serve HBs either.

Nobody has come up with an answer as to the provenance of the humble HB ........ surely a native speaker could oblige?
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Envy is not a pretty emotion, my dear Limey friends.
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Envy is not a pretty emotion, my dear Limey friends.
Agreed, but please enlighten us as to the origin and period when hash browns evolved. And thank you for them, more reliable than hotel or Mess toast.

The latter appears as warm, singed moist bread, or charcoal biscuits .... the exotic ones are of one nature on one side, and the other on the other.
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Lone.....if you ever get invited to a British BBQ....remember to bring your own meat and taters....as they only provide the charcoal briquets in the Webber.
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Mmmm, 1970s Mess breakfasts- you seem to have left out the fried bread!
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Nobody has come up with an answer as to the provenance of the humble HB
The American Hash Brown is nothing but a Swiss Rosti which originated with the farming community around Bern, the French name röstis bernois directly refers to the dish's origins. Introduced to the dish by Bern residents whose son spent a year with us as an exchange student, you can buy a special potato peeler to make rosti/hash brown. Now regarded as a Swiss national dish by many, made the journey across the Atlantic to the US the same way as the Italian Pizza I assume.
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