On board HMS Illustrious at Greenwich

Courtesy of the man behind Ian Visits, who is a good chap with a store of great stories, I managed to get myself onboard HMS Illustrious on Saturday and take a look around. What did I learn from it? Not a lot, apart from that it is huge and I couldn’t help but be amazed by the huge resources needed for one small element of beating ten bells out of other nations/ protecting us and our allies from foreign aggressors (delete as per point of view). Oh yes, and that my struggles to get up and down the stepladders inside the ship were put to shame by the 80-year-old veterans of the Fleet Air Arm who were also on board. It was a fascinating insight, and thanks to Ian (and the Royal Navy) for setting it up.

Ah, yes, pictures…
HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious
HMS Illustrious

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  1. […] HMS Illustrious has barely left our shores than we have more big ship news. It’s possible the Olympics could be guarded by one of the new Type 45 Destroyers, moored at Sheerness, to shoot down any 9/11 style terrorist attacks. A couple of problems though: the destroyer project is massively delayed already and the Principal AntiAir Missile System (or “Sea Viper”) isn’t expected to be fully functioning by the time HMS Daring (where do they get these names?) enters service in late 2010. Any bets on it not being ready in 2012? More to the point: if we’re getting naval protection, just how scary are these Games going to be?! (Image / James Merry) […]

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