Queensferry Crossing, HMS Queen Elizabeth and all things Royal Navy

Ark Royal on her final voyage, December 2010.

Not exactly RN but this is USS Arizona on the East River in New York near the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to sea trials. in 1918.

Believe it or not, it only took just over a year to build:
The construction of the USS ARIZONA (BB39), named for the 48th state in the Union, began on March 16, 1914, when the keel was laid. After a year of intense labor, it was launched on June 19, 1915,


And this is it today.


This is USS Bennington sailing past it.

We went there on our honeymoon in 2009.

They call the oil on the surface of the water "Arizona's tears". They couldn't drain all of the fuel and oil from the tanks deep inside her remains so the fuel still drips out and rises to the surface.
Hermes on her return from the Falklands.


Top right is TS Foudroyant, which has now been rebuilt up in Hartlepool and given back her original name of HMS Trincomalee. She looks a little better these days. In fact, given the state of the Royal Navy these days, is down to make a tour of the Red Sea later this year to fight the Houthi.

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And for all that it's still floating, there was always a rumour that if the Exocet exploded it would exstinguish the fuel fire, from that photo it would seem to be true, I didn't think Sea Dart was anti ship, was that a modified one for trials?
It must be true, it's on Wikipedia.


Reading about Sea Dart, one of the later developments (after taking out the valve based control systems!) was a low surface version. I presume you could use this against a ship as well as an aircraft - Sea Dart - Wikipedia
Yeah, Sea Dart had a limited anti surface capability. Given it had a range of about 15 miles, that's bloody close for anything bigger than a patrol boat.

The inquiry into the loss of HMS Sheffield makes for fascinating reading regarding the properties of an Excocet hit. Comparing the loss of Sheffield to the damage taken by HMS Glamorgan which also received an Excocet hit but where the warhead detonated provides an good contrast although there are a number of different circumstances.

Finally, those Leanders were tough, well built hulls that provided over 30 years of service, and were part of a design that stretched back to the early 50's. They could certainly take a battering and still float but you definitely wouldn't want to be insode.
The windage against the huge square feet of hull and superstructure in enclosed waters could overcome the power of the tugs manoeuvring the ship from the jetty into the harbour exit, a ship that size has no capability of holding a course at slow speed with or without side thrusters in strong winds, side thrusters are not normally fitted to ships that don't regularly dock, like ferries,merchant ships and cruise ships that frequent coastal ports.
Cruise ships fairly often have problems docking in high winds despite multiple trainable thrusters, I believe the carriers do have a couple of trainable thrusters.
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