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Building an America’s Cup Challenger

Ineos is a name I hadn’t heard until recently.  They took over the Sky cycling team and that was the first time I became aware of them.  I guess that sporting achievements are something that their management are quite focused … Continue reading

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Daring Class Destroyer

The Royal Navy destroyer fleet’s most recent additions have been the Type 45 Daring Class.  These ships are an integral part of the groups that will support the new carriers.  The Type 45s preceded the carriers in to service by … Continue reading

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Three Types of Wightlink Car Ferry

Having traveled on the car ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight for all of my life, I have seen many generations of ferry come and go.  The oldest ones I recall are Fishbourne and Camber Queen.  … Continue reading

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Southsea Naval Memorial

The journey to Portsmouth on the ferry is one I have made more times than I can recall and one of the landmarks that is embedded in my mind is the Naval Memorial on the front at Southsea.  This obelisk … Continue reading

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Posts in the Water – Are They for the Carrier?

I have made countless trips between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight over the course of my life.  Things change but most of the landmarks are remarkably consistent.  I was therefore quite surprised to see some very large posts that … Continue reading

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HMS Queen Elizabeth

One leg of our trip to the UK included a ferry to the Isle of Wight.  We took the ferry from Portsmouth and, as we drove in to town, I thought I could see the twin islands of the HMS … Continue reading

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Diesel Submarines

The Royal Navy’s submarine fleet is entirely nuclear powered. In the 80s, though, this was not the case. The Navy then still had a substantial fleet of diesel subs. The Oberon Class of subs was available in numbers along with … Continue reading

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Spitbank Fort Visit

My mum’s birthday included a party on Spitbank Fort.  This is one of Palmerston’s follies built out in the Solent not far from Portsmouth.  The place has been restored in a great way and retains a lot of the character … Continue reading

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Portsmouth Harbour (It’s a British Harbor so the spelling is right)

Pete and I continued our flying excursion with a trip to Portsmouth.  We wanted to take a look at the forts out in the Solent since one of them would be part of our fun the following day.  However, we … Continue reading

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