HMS Dauntless leaving Portsmouth today. An air defence Destroyer according to Mr Google. Imagine, if pictures like this were posted of a Russian boat leaving harbour the photographer would suddenly find his testicles attached to electrodes.
When was that taken, must have been around the middle 70's, wasn't the old Ark about 50 odd thousand tons and armour plated so would be fairly small to the Nimitz which is pushing 100k tons if not a bit more. (Note. I couldn't be bothered to look it up so mostly memory)
It's even smaller when the stern of the carrier is rising up and down 20 feet in either a heavy long ocean swell or storm, did a stint on DLPS maintenance as an Tiff3 and sitting besides the sights the aircraft could dip below the roundown.
There were indications in RN forums that they weren't all "sailors" some apparently changed rig and there were some without branch badges which would indicate that maybe they never wore square rig, so possibly senior rates (petty officers and above) and the technicians who also would be senior rates.