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HMS King Alfred – Remembrance Day activities
MoD has today, Monday 18th, posted via the RN website a report on Remembrance Day activities by Portsmouth RNR unit HMS King Alfred.
The report makes many references to the contribution of the Royal Naval Division, comprising RM and RN reserves, in World War I. Teams from HMS King Alfred supported Remembrance events across southern England, and embarked on a study tour of WWI battlefields to commemorate and better understand the Western Front experiences of their WWI predecessors of the Division.
SANO Lecture/lunch, Saturday 16 November
Our last event this year was a lecture/lunch at the Hove Club on Saturday 16th. Our guest speaker was Captain Christopher Page on Operation Sea Lion, Hitler’s planned invasion of Britain in 1940. Chris gave an excellent presentation to 34 members and guests, covering What was the plan? Would it have worked? What counter plans were in place? Why was it called off?
The club served an excellent buffet on completion, supported by a cash bar.
HMS Prince of Wales makes Portsmouth debut, Video
The UK’s largest and newest warship, Prince of Wales, sailed into her home port of Portsmouth on Saturday 16th for the first time. Hundreds of people lined the seafront to welcome her.
The carrier had sailed from Rosyth, where she was assembled, in late September, with a mixed ship’s company of 600+ Royal Navy sailors and around 300 civilian contractors on board for trials in the North Sea.
Her arrival means Portsmouth is now home to two aircraft carriers. As previously reported here, the Naval Base has been modernised to accommodate them both together, with £30 million spent on strengthening and upgrading the base’s Victory Jetty and £13 million on installing a 13.5 MW standalone power plant.
Captain Darren Houston, the ship’s CO, said: “Our first entry to Portsmouth represents the successful culmination of the build and sea trials period in which my ship’s company and industry partners have worked so closely together to bring HMS Prince of Wales into service with the fleet. I am extremely proud of them and their families for their perseverance, patience and extraordinary efforts.”
More here. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard webcam video (25 mins, silent) here.
SANO Trafalgar Night Dinner
SANO held its Trafalgar Night Dinner on Saturday 26 October at the Hove Club. 39 members and guests enjoyed a traditional roast beef meal with commendable trimmings. The Principal Guest was Commodore Eric Thompson MBE CEng DL RN, accompanied by Mme Dany Lasbleis. Association President Vice Admiral Sir Peter Woodhead presided.
The event featured in the following Monday’s Telegraph, Court & Social page.
Pictures Christina Stanton.
The Gulf – Major mine hunting exercise, HMS Montrose video
The RN is exercising in the Middle East UK and allied responses to mines in the Gulf. Two of the four RN minehunters there plus support ship RFA Cardigan Bay are taking part. The increased naval presence follows a series of attacks on oil tankers and the seizure of a British-registered ship earlier this year.
Mines items and video here and here.
Short BBC video including interviews with the Captain and members of the ship’s company on operations in the Gulf. The ship is in company with Defender and Kent.
Montrose item and video here.
HMS Queen Elizabeth: BBC TV series, final episode
The BBC’s second 3-part documentary TV series on QNLZ, featuring her 2018 US deployment, concluded on Sunday 10th with Manhattan Ahoy!
This final episode covered an F35 executing an entirely new and hazardous method of landing, bringing on board enough food for 96,000 meals by helo, FOD and arriving in New York ahead of an intense round of diplomacy, showmanship and hospitality as a floating embassy. It also showed her first Captain, Jerry Kyd, leaving the ship to become COMUKMARFOR and Rear Admiral Surface Ships. Less than 6 months later he was promoted Vice Admiral and appointed Fleet Commander.
Watch episode 3 here. More on the series here.