Well its been a hectic couple of days here in Portsmouth, with 6,000+ US Sailors in town. I’ve collected some of the media coverage for you all, whether you be families stateside or just general ship nerds such as myself!
BBC News – USS George HW Bush anchors off Portsmouth (inc video)
BBC News – USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier crew in Portsmouth
Portsmouth News – It’s party time as 6,000 US sailors descend on the city
Portsmouth News – US invasion of the city begins
War on Terror News
And I’ve found some youtube clips from people who managed to get out on the boat trips. As you can see, it was a rough one!
The guys and girls from the Bush have made a lot of friends in Portsmouth, its been a great PR exercise for the US Navy. There’s been no hint of trouble, and all of the shop and barworkers are amazed at being called ‘sir’ and ‘maam’ all the time! Me and Sarah had a couple of drinks at Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays, and one of the sailors showed us a new cocktail – black vodka, monster and coke – looks foul but tastes pretty good!
Oh, and lets not forget the Spaniards – they’ve been walking around in full uniform, including bobbles on hats and Hornblower style boat cloaks!
Unfortunately due to time and weather I haven’t been able to get out to have a look at the Bush close up, but here are some pics taken from Stokes Bay, about a mile away:
If anybody – partricularly anyone stateside with folks on the Bush – would like any larger hi-res pics, please let me know.
The USS Truxtun entering Portsmouth earlier this morning. She’s an Arleigh Burke class destroyer of the US Navy here for the weekend after exercise Saxon warrior with the USS George HW Bush carrier group.