Busy time in Portsmouth Dockyard – for scrap, anyway…

Yesterday’s Portsmouth News highlighted how busy the Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth is going to be in the coming months. Not in terms of actual, serving ships, but in terms of rusting hulks that are to sail no more. The disposals section of the MOD must be a lot busier than any other department right now.

HMS Invincible has been rusting in 3 Basin for almost 6 years now, and is due to be towed to Turkey for scrapping soon. Her place will be taken by the soon-to-be decomissioned HMS Ark Royal. Alongside her are several RFA’s. The other Aircraft Carrier, HMS Illustrious, will be gone by 2014. In ‘the trot’ of Fareham Creek right now are the decomissioned Type 42 Destroyers Exeter, Nottingham and Southampton. They are bering hurriedly offered for sale in order to create space for more ships that will be leaving service soon. One more Type 42 – Manchester – is due to leave service in the next year, with the other four remaining ships in the class going by 2014. The four remaining Type 22 Frigates – Cornwall, Campbeltown, Cumberland and Chatham – are all due to decomission and be moved to Portsmouth awaiting disposal. And then we also have the stricken HMS Endurance, very unlikely to ever sail again. And one of the Albion Class ships will be placed at ‘extended readiness’, which may well find the ship in question tied up in Portsmouth, as Pompey seems to be the Navy’s dumping ground of late.

Actually, the ships due for disposal and/or scrapping effectively equate to a whole Naval Task Force – two aircraft carriers, one front line landing ship and one auxiliary landing ship, eight air defence destroyers, four frigates, and several auxiliaries. Thats MORE ships than the UK has contributed to many major conflicts since 1945.

Portsmouth Dockyard will be looking more like a giant version of Pounds Yard soon. A very sad state of affairs.

About these ads

37 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

37 responses to “Busy time in Portsmouth Dockyard – for scrap, anyway…

  1. John Erickson

    Wow. That would be an impressive site on open water. It’s a shame those ships will just be sitting there. Maybe with Mubarak freeing Egypt, we are simply on the brink of a new world era of peace, and those vessels won’t be needed.
    Yeah, right.

  2. x

    No it isn’t very impressive, ships sitting in the Creek always look sad. Well not from Whaley or on the water.

    From a distance on Portsdown Hill things look a little different.

    But on the whole no, it isn’t very impressive.

    James did you get see the new programme on Channel 5?

  3. James Daly

    I haven’t seen it yet x, I’m gonna try and cath it on 5 iplayer. I DID see a clip on Harry Hill’s TV Burp where a mess full of barely dressed ratings was portrayed in a rather camp light!

  4. x

    I am not sure who this Harry Hill is, but given the title of his programme I wouldn’t take it too heart.

    It is far from being a “HMS Brilliant.” >shudders<

    It is more Discovery Channel goes to war type of programme. The run ashore which featured was quite calm; as the rating said it should feature in recruitment videos. The tour around the accommodation wouldn’t win the RN many recruits; then again it was a T42.

  5. x

    Please change accommodating to accommodation and would to wouldn’t please James. Thanks in advance.

    • James Daly

      Done!

      The accomodation on the T45’s and other modern ships (such as the E Class survey ships) is vastly superior to even 20 years ago. In fact it would be quite unrecognisable to many an old salt. Decent B&B standard I would rate it as.

    • John Erickson

      It’s not Navy, but I understand the upgrade of accommodations. I was at an older Army base, Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin here in the US, for one of our WW2 re-enactments back in the mid-1990s. The Army allowed us to stay on the base – usually we just used one of their practice areas for our “battles”. We found out why – they had closed off the barracks we stayed in, with plans to empty them, demolish them, and bring them up to “modern standards”. Twin bunks, about 15 to a side, 2 floors’ worth, with a combination shower/head at one end and NCO offices at the other. This was apparently too crowded and not private enough for “modern standards”! Mind you, the building I roomed in had held soldiers from WW1 through Vietnam, and all we re-enactors were DELIGHTED with the quarters (we usually slept in our tents, unlike a lot of the softer re-enactors). Nowadays, I suppose every bunk comes with Wi-Fi! Hey, I’m all for the best for our folks in service, but c’mon! :)

      • x

        I familiar with that layout from ‘Nam films. To be honest I am not that familiar with standards of army accommodation over here in the past. Prior to the 90s the army would accommodate the ranks in rooms. And now they are moving onto individual rooms.

        James is right that the accommodation on T45s is amazing. Then again considering the small crew and big hull it should be. The crew for a Leander frigate was 70 souls more than a Daring in a hull of approximately third the displacement.

        My tip of the week if you ever find yourself accommodated in a ratings’ messdeck in a 70s era British warship never ever pick the top bunk. It may appeal to the inner child being on the top tier of three bunks, but in real life it is a pain………

      • John Erickson

        I stayed in barracks like that several times, including during Boy Scouts. Fortunately, the last time I stayed in them was about 15 years ago. Back then, it didn’t matter that much (though I did shoot for the bottom one). These days, the top bunk would definitely be out, and ANY bunk more than about 20 feet from the head would make 2am a REALLY interesting time… ;)

        • x

          Yes the last time I was in HMS Bristol they had started to rip out the bunk-over-desk-and-cupboard fittings because of health and safety in the officers’ cabins. Wasn’t quite the same. I never ever got a port side cabin with a scuttle. :( Though I suppose now it doesn’t matter you wouldn’t be able to look out through it.

  6. Pingback: Busy time in Portsmouth Dockyard ? for scrap, anyway? | Incredible Recent New Snow

  7. Pingback: HMS Brilliant (1995) - Movie

  8. Pingback: HMS Invincible to leave Portsmouth for the last time « Daly History Blog

  9. Pingback: African mango plus

  10. p.johnson

    how can this nation go from rule brittaniato fool brittania in such a short period Answers on a stamp to davy cameron

    • James Daly

      Indeed. I doubt many people would disagree. Only today we’ve seen on the news about HMS Albion, one of our two main landing ships, being mothballed for 5 years until 2016. This leaves us completely unable to respond to global troubles.

  11. p.johnson

    i wonder what Nelsons answer would be to sharing a carrier with the french or landing our aircraft on yank ships He,d be spinning in his grave ,poor lad

  12. Pingback: silever wine goblets

  13. Pingback: Cramer

  14. I think the admin of this web site is truly working hard in favor of his website,
    for the reason that here every stuff is quality based material.

  15. While the iPad and the Iphone share many attributes from the exact same operating system,
    the iPad allows higher conversation and understanding with the information
    offered. For instance, this article was composed in the Word processing application Pages, a
    part of the iWork suite of applications for the iPad, that
    includes the spreadsheet processing power of Numbers, and the presentation prowess
    of Keynote.

    A few months in the past Google decided to kick off the new
    year with a new branded telephone offered
    via its new online store. you can now buy your phone
    directly from Google. By all accounts, the Nexus One is a good little
    Android device, similar in perform to an iPhone.
    Cost with out a contract $529.

    After clicking Subsequent at the previous screen, Redsn0w will give a sequence of directions on how to put your
    gadget into DFU mode. When this display appears, follow the directions which will include pressing and releasing the
    house and power buttons and various intervals. Be certain to follow the directions exactly as they are offered.

    4th instruction The last and final stage of
    Iphone jailbreak is to follow the remaining directions.
    Make sure that you study all recommendations correctly and
    adhere to them one by 1. Do you know that you don’t have to
    wait too long for the jailbreaking process to complete.

    When your Iphone automatically restart and reboot, it indicates your device
    is jailbroken.

    The iPad no lengthier requirements to be synced to iTunes
    to be set up for the initial time, but it
    is nonetheless a good idea to have iTunes on your Pc. At the
    extremely minimum, iTunes tends to make it simpler to get any pictures or movies you take from your iPad to your Computer.

    Just recently, Sprint had cut Iphone prices as
    nicely on its 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. Apple has reportedly been matching their
    own prices to those of retailers as nicely, but they’ve been doing so in quiet style.
    For customers to get a offer inside an Apple shop, they ought
    to point out how the latest iPhones are becoming provided for much less at other retail stores.

    We don’t truly consider it a kind gesture on AT&T’s part.

    Rather it’s a gesture aimed at encouraging these with iPads to improve to iPad 2s, despite the fact that it’s
    really much more of an incremental upgrade.

  16. I enjoy, lead to I found exactly what I was taking a look
    for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man.
    Have a nice day. Bye

  17. An increasing quantity of individuals are making use of cellular for each- surfing the web and making buys.

    And you believed the having GPS in your phone was nifty.
    It is the same as getting the item for free.

  18. I constantly emailed this web site post page to all
    my contacts, for the reason that if like to read it afterward
    my contacts will too.

  19. Creating a customized Apple iphone ringtone is a fairly simple procedure.

    Jailbreaking can be described as a process in which
    you can use the unsigned code of the 3rd celebration. Yes, this will
    get complex but is worth knowing.

  20. The heart consists of cardiac muscle, which allows the hard
    to contract and relax as it pumps blood throughout the body.
    You can slow or stop muscle atrophy through weight training and diet:
    . If you want to maximize growth you need
    to have an adequate carbohydrate supply.

  21. At the primary of the farmville encounter is growing and harvesting crops.
    You are able to pick trees and each pressure provides you
    with an alternative reward. Common activities include “farmville”
    and “Bejewelled”.

  22. In other words, Apple won’t have the ability to avoid
    by issuing a fresh iOS variation the jailbreak use.
    In the end, I was contemplating jail breaking my
    iPod, and easily were you, I probably would not.

  23. With it, you can effortlessly restore your hone to a previous state with out any concerns or hassles.
    Prior to continuing, make certain your phone is turned off.

    With its help you can switch, close, slice, dice programs.

  24. My brother recommended I might like this web site.

    He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info!

    Thanks!

  25. So, enhance your ipod with this particular jailbreak company.

  26. However, come 2012 and it is expected to start a brand new phone in the marketplace.
    If you want to use service from another community supplier
    but your current one, you will have to unlock iphone 4.

  27. If for some reason the following message is
    received by you: “Cookies aren’t allowed on your own browser. However Your desktop “yard can be divided by you” up you need. Inside the search bar-type in, “PSR” and click enter.

  28. Why are their eyes so cool and absent of feeling?7.
    It appeared such as the correct thing to do in those days nevertheless now?
    And that’s only the tip of the Zuckerberg (sorry–couldn’t resist).

  29. BlackBerry Messenger is a main software for BlackBerry.
    Everybody requirements protection including your
    Android telephone. We request to have a backup of your computer by backup software applications.

  30. Today, they are able to are available in selection of sizes, types, and patterns.

    It employs your cellphones info connection or internet connection for that dull people.
    Why are their eyes so cool and absent of feeling?7.

  31. Vorbind murdar în fiecare alții ureche ,
    deși de conducere sau vizualizați o imagine poate fi incredibil de senzual .
    Mă trezește să răspundă cu dorința și mă face să vreau mai
    mult . Acesta este motivul pentru jocuri de noroc are gust atrăgător minunat o face .

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s