HMS Queen Elizabeth is now alongside in Palma, Mallorca.

The aircraft carrier’s crew are on the Spanish party island for some rest and relaxation on the home leg of their deployment to the Pacific and back.

 

After six months and sailing over 40,000 nautical miles to the Pacific and back, the Carrier Strike Group and its large number of people, ships (and a submarine) and aircraft are now heading back to Britain.

Earlier in the deployment Russian jets were being intercepted almost every day and now that the Strike Group is back in the Mediterranean Sea it’s happening again.

In fact, it was reported that F-35 jets from HMS Queen Elizabeth intercepted Russian jets in the eastern Mediterranean more than 30 times as part of the Carrier Strike Group. Now that the vessels have returned to the region after sailing to the Pacific and back it appears Russian interest has been renewed. You can read more about this here.

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Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

Local authorities and the ship’s company have deployed FOCING (Forklift-operated creeky, insane & nauseating gangways) to allow the crew to depart the ship:

https://twitter.com/sebh1981/status/1464241286169481229

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

Iiiiiits Friday!

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

😉

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

😀

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

I’d say the container gig was marginally safer.

The could have used a few ratchet straps to secure the pallets and a couple of thick bits of plywood on top of the stack so the wheels would run as intended as the tide moves. That way you have a solution you could probably justify.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

It looks like a waste skip of some sort, presumably with a closed top to allow for the stacking of pallets.

It still wouldn’t pass muster with me – I wouldn’t have let anyone on that contraption. Gangway collapses are nasty!

Tarnish
Tarnish
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

I can see that forklift going walkabout overnight.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Tarnish

It’ll be gifted to the pilot of the crashed F35 as his new ride. 😂

Whlgrubber
Whlgrubber
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

And how do you get them back?

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Whlgrubber

You don’t wanna know.

David Barry
David Barry
1 month ago

Last leg on a party, home in time for Christmas. Hope they’ve had a great time.

David Steeper
David Steeper
1 month ago

I wonder if the water still doesn’t taste like it oughta ! Showing my age lol.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 month ago

I’m really surprised anyone signed that off as safe.

I mean this forklift is supporting the gangway + load in cantilever.

Assuming the lift has an SWL of 1000kg that is the weight of 12 men.

Then add the deadweight of the gangways.

Then add the live load of the actual walking on the gangway.

I’m not seeing any sensible operating margins. I’m not seeing any operating margin at all.

In fact I’m not seeing any sane or sensible planning here at all. I run a construction business, these days, and I’d fire anyone trying to do anything like that.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

And that’s before you even factor in the tide going out… or in!

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 month ago

Absolutley.
Its an accident about to happen.
It would never happen in my yard… Safety Dept wouldn’t allow It, people would be suspended from their job for negligence.
I bet Fleet Safety Team is going ape sh*t at that picture.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Don’t the carriers have their own gangways or was the reach down to the wharf at Palma too far?

criss whicker
criss whicker
1 month ago

I take it she will stop over in gibralter, after all, if she can stop in spanish teritory, she can stop over in gibralter,
just my opinion.

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
1 month ago
Reply to  criss whicker

If it’s on the planned deployment schedule to stop in Gib they will. If it’s not planned, they won’t.

Ian
Ian
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

Be good to see F35’s parked on Gib runway…… show the Spanish what they haven’t got……

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
1 month ago
Reply to  Ian

Spain may well join the F35B club if it wants to maintain carrier fixed wing capability. It’s Harriers are tired, and any new 6th gen is a very long way off.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

There’s no way they’ll stop in ‘Gibralter’ anyway – it simply doesn’t exist!

Gibraltar, sure. 😂

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

😄🤣

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 month ago

I stopped in Palma on the way back from a Far East deployment its not a bad run in Summer but this time of year not so much. Still MegaLaff is just a taxi ride away and it can get very very messy there.

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
1 month ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Had the same run ashore on the Ark back in 03 after Op Telic. Very messy run ashore. I’ve hardly touched vodka since 😆

Alan Pickthorne
Alan Pickthorne
1 month ago

BZ guys and girls on a successful deployment and safe journey home in time for Xmas, hope to be gosport side to see you all home safe and sound

Wendy pepper
Wendy pepper
1 month ago

Wishing the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth a very happy Christmas so proud of our navy x

Richard B
Richard B
1 month ago

The Task Group seems to have been dissolved in practice, if not formally. A final(?) run ashore for the crew of Lizzie, and a chance to buy some pressies although far less exotic than was expected 6 months ago! Note the almost empty flight deck after months of very prominent deck parking. Half the airgroup has already disembarked, most of the rest are presumably in the hanger and being assessed for base maintenance and repair work. Any news if there will be a brief stopover at Gib, or is a grand homecoming to Pompey (4 Dec?) the next and last… Read more »

Tim Hirst
Tim Hirst
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard B

Given that it’s 1600 plus Nm back to U.K. from Palma and if Sat 4th is to be the return date there is no time for a stop in Gib without a very expensive full speed blast home.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim Hirst

It should be a fantastic homecoming! Bloody brilliant planning the whole CSG trip. Well done to all involved! Britain can still do it! 🇬🇧 I would have loved to seen the CSG come into Sydney harbour, next time. Maybe 🇦🇺 will look at getting a medium sized aircraft carrier or adapting their LPHDs.

Richard B
Richard B
1 month ago

QNLZ is currently unloading the USMC’s equipment at US Naval Station Rota in Spain. Then just two day’s sailing to Portsmouth. Home coming Monday morning?