While the papers were busy being outraged about sailors having a bit too much to drink and getting into a bit of trouble, other stories showing the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth for who they really are came to light.
This story comes from a local Jacksonville resident via Facebook and has been reprinted here with permission.
To the Command of the HMS Queen Elizabeth,
I am not anybody of great importance and I don’t have a high position of authority or anything of that nature, I just work in the transportation business as an Uber driver part time while I am finishing my college degree.
Therefore, what I am going to inform you about concerning three sailors on your ship is pretty special since they had nothing to gain for what they did. First, let me say that everyone that I have given a ride to who are sailors on the HMS Queen Elizabeth were exceptionally kind and very respectful to me, and I find it to be very sad that our media here in Jacksonville, Florida only reported on negative circumstances that happened with a small percentage of sailors on your ship.
That is why I want to make sure that you know about these three sailors that helped me out, while expecting nothing in return. At 8:42 pm on Monday, September 10th, I received a call from 301 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach to pick up a man named David and two of his friends to take them back to Mayport Base. I was informed right before I picked them up that I had a headlight out and I was concerned because I needed to replace it or else quit working for the night until I got it fixed.
I was talking to David and the other two sailors from your ship (I never got their names) about it and they told me they worked in the Engineering Dept. on your ship and that they could fix it pretty easily for me.
I was amazed that they would consider taking the time to fix something for someone they didn’t know at all. So we went over to the Auto Zone store and they went in and asked for some tools to begin to change the headlight bulb on my 2007 Honda Fit which really isn’t an easy task because the front bumper is supposed to be removed to change it, but they were pretty skilful and managed to change it without having to remove the bumper. In the dense humidity and heat, being pretty uncomfortable and sweating, yet without one complaint, they gave their time to help out a stranger and I will never forget their kindness.
I want to say thank you to David and his friends again by letting you know what they did, but I also want to thank you, the Command of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, for having such excellent sailors on your ship.
It’s the spirit of the men and women of HMS Queen Elizabeth that should be remembered from this trip, not the spirits they had to drink.