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FRIGATES SECURE THE SEAS FOR HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH ON MAIDEN SEA VOYAGE

Wednesday, June 28th 2017 - 15:07 UTC
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Two Royal Navy frigates have joined HMS Queen Elizabeth to secure the seas around the giant aircraft carrier as she embarks on her maiden sea trials. HMS Sutherland and HMS Iron Duke are escorting the Royal Navy's largest ever warship as she conducts vital system tests off the coast of Scotland today. Read full article

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  • Papamoa

    Its been a long time coming but at last British presence can be projected anywhere in the world.

    Jun 28th, 2017 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Clyde15

    The Captain's name is Kyd. It's a long time since we had a CaptAin Kidd in the navy!

    Jun 28th, 2017 - 10:20 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • darragh

    Clyde15

    pmsl - you are naughty!!

    Jun 28th, 2017 - 10:23 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Hepatia

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 01:01 am - Link - Report abuse -11
  • Marti Llazo

    It's very relevant, Hepathetic, since it won't be long before the ship will be in Falklands waters to take part in another good thrashing of the argies.

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 01:41 am - Link - Report abuse +5
  • Capt Rockhopper

    Hepatia, it is highly relevant as now Argentina's colonial dreams are eliminated. This beautiful lady will field more airborne force than Argentina could ever dream of.

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 09:38 am - Link - Report abuse +5
  • Clyde15

    Maybe when the ship is commissioned we should invite the Argentine Navy AND Air Force for a guided tour round the vessel to see what they would be up against in the event of a repeat of 1982

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 11:00 am - Link - Report abuse +5
  • Pete Bog

    @Hepatia

    ”The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Because soon HMS Queen Elizabeth will be in the North Atlantic which strangely enough is connected to the South Atlantic, ( so she can sail to the British Atlantic stepping stones- Gibraltar (reasonably near to the Atlantic Ocean), Ascension Island, St Helena, Tristan Da Cunha, Gough Island, The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Shetlands and British Antarctic Territory, ALL part of British Territorial Integrity of which the Falkland Islands are linked through a geographical chain).

    Queen Elizabeth and her compliment of Lightning 2's will be capable of deployment to thwart Argentina's imperialist aspirations, and support the UN principle of self determination, and promotion of the Implementation of INDEPENDENCE for colonial peoples in the South Atlantic within 25 years.

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse +7
  • Tr0lListic_Approach

    With drones capable of frying the systems of such vessels, and mini subs coming capable of blasting a hole from which aircraft can land and takecoff, I would not be surprised if one day Argentina has to clean up the remains of this vessel from the Antarctic waters of Antartida Province, who a few years back by a 7 to 3 vote decided the British never had a chance in Antarctica.

    Fighting imperialism through imperialism. You can't get more Anglo than that logic! But then again, now they will lose their only ally in the EU who had been including some of the territories above as part of the EU. The British do know how to burn their bridges.

    Anyone see any other country running to the UK? hahahahahaha

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 11:40 am - Link - Report abuse -8
  • Voice

    Tobi

    ”Aircraft carriers, in principle, are not solely responsible for their own defense. The defense of the carrier is predominantly the job of the other ships that form the Carrier Battle Group(CBG).”

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 12:15 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Tr0lListic_Approach

    Drone terrorism is the next phase of your demise. EUianland and NorthAmoland will see drones striking schools, malls, even private homes.

    Your old inperialist deeds redounding.

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse -7
  • Voice

    How large would a drone need to be to carry a payload capable of inflicting serious damage on an aircraft carrier...
    Pretty big and easily detectable I reckon...

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 12:22 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    What, you mean aircraft carriers don't have convenient thermal exhaust pipes that let one small missile blow up the whole damn thing? Whatever were they thinking?

    Weren't we supposed to be sharing this aircraft carrier with France to save money? Is that still going ahead?

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 12:37 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Pete Bog

    @Tr0lListic_Approach

    “With drones capable of frying the systems of such vessels”

    “ I would not be surprised if one day Argentina has to clean up the remains of this vessel from the Antarctic waters”

    I would be extremely surprised as Argentina is more likely to sink it's own ships than one protected by a T45. However, as Argentina sunk Invincible and Hermes 5 times in 1982 and they still sailed back to the UK, we would be able to recover the QE 2 as many times as we liked.

    The aircraft carrier would not be without a T45 to escort.

    So make sure your drones are smaller than golf balls.

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse +8
  • Tr0lListic_Approach

    Argentina has no chance at anything.

    But some tribes out in Yemen, seeking vengeance for past British crimes and genocides in their area, are more resourceful, and unfortunately determined .

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 01:08 pm - Link - Report abuse -7
  • Voice

    Or...or I reckon one could be taken out with a Photon Torpedo...
    Better still, use the ole, (whilst in stealth mode beam onboard a Thermo-Nuclear Device whilst being obscured by Saturn, that way there would be no telltale Ion Trail to follow)...technique

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 01:33 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Marti Llazo

    Troll-boy's fecund argie imagination should not surprise anyone. Argentines still believe that they sunk a British aircraft carrier during the Falkands war in 1982, and that they invented arroz con leche and the wheel.

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 01:43 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Tr0lListic_Approach

    Who drinks that horrible 4th world drink arroz con leche? Only our barbaric neighbors still have a taste for that. How about getting with the times with a Fernet Menta sorbet Balcarce?

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 01:51 pm - Link - Report abuse -7
  • Clyde15

    TTT

    Carriers stay far out at sea with a protective screen of escorts around them PLUS their own strike aircraft. Radars in use can pick up a golf ball sized object moving at supersonic speed and destroy it.

    Who at present have these drones and mini subs.? Don't you think that the military are aware of developments and may have answers to them that your Googling attempts don't know about.

    If our carriers are are in danger, why do the Chinese and Indians race to build their own.

    Before you post any more sci-fi scenarios, read up on the subject.

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse +7
  • Marti Llazo

    Troll-boy: “ Who drinks that horrible 4th world drink arroz con leche? Only our barbaric neighbors still have a taste for that. ”

    Your fellow albeit ancient argie troll Ridiculous Reekie was trying to convince the gullible that arroz con leche was somehow uniquely argentine and that they should as soon as possible visit Guanaco Muerto to thus take the full measure of what Argentistan has to offer.

    Did you know that the excessive consumption of Fernet products in Argentina is one of the leading causes of premature dementia in the country?

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse +5
  • darragh

    Perhaps old trolly is getting confused and he means the BAE Taranis project.

    Jun 29th, 2017 - 10:38 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Tr0lListic_Approach

    No Argentine would ever consume rice, the other Latin American races do. Arroz con leche is something out of my great grandparents generation, no one my generation even know'what it is.

    Jun 30th, 2017 - 03:04 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Russia mocks HMS Queen Elizabeth as 'large convenient target'

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/29/russia-claims-hms-queen-elizabeth-large-convenient-target-warns/

    Jun 30th, 2017 - 05:06 am - Link - Report abuse -8
  • DemonTree

    That's normal for Russia. They sure spend a lot of time and effort ranting about a nation they like to claim is irrelevant nowadays.

    @Tr0lListic_Approach
    For your education:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcASKN_f5X4

    Jun 30th, 2017 - 10:47 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Clyde15

    M.A.

    Is Russia declaring war on the UK ?

    “ British Royal Navy not to show off the 'beauty' of its aircraft carrier on the high seas any closer than a few hundred miles from its Russian 'distant relative.”

    This is the carrier which has to sail with a tug in attendance !

    Why would it ? The Astute class submarines would deal with it most effectively.

    Jun 30th, 2017 - 10:51 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Marti Llazo

    troll-boy “...No Argentine would ever consume rice...”

    Annual average per capita consumption of rice in Argenzuela is about 8 kg. EU, about 6 kg. Canada, about 11 kg.

    Nothing to do with the press note.

    Pero.....pa que conozcas algo de Argenzuela:

    “Aunque sea uno de los postres más tradicionales de la cocina nativa [argentina], el arroz con leche llegó al país de manos españolas. ...”

    http://biencasero.clarin.com/recetas/2800-arroz-con-leche/

    Jun 30th, 2017 - 01:07 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Clyde15

    Hepatia

    I see you ignore other non-S.American stories in your thinly disguised hate fest for the UK and the Falklands

    Jun 30th, 2017 - 01:16 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • darragh

    Clyde15

    Be fair, you have to take into account the fact that Hep is an ill educated American teenager of Argentine descent.

    I well remember his/her/its comments on MP about what he/she/it called 'the second right of kings' and about how 'England' is a 'monarchical theocracy'. He/she/it seems to have got these strange notions from an inability to read his/her/its notes from his/her/its history lessons

    Jun 30th, 2017 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • The Voice

    It was hilarious to observe that Russian crate steaming along at a crawl trailing filthy black smoke in the Med with sweating stokers shovelling for all they were worth. Mind you Airfix did do well out of providing the planes on its flight deck.
    The international signal for a ship in distress is still a burning barrel of tar on deck and at times it was hard to make out if it was in trouble?

    Jun 30th, 2017 - 01:58 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • georgeneurus

    Martin llazo a parte de ser un ignorante hijo de puta, sosun argy traidor con olor a culo pro britanico y con el martillo como simbolo, haaaa das lastima monito relojero, no tenes identidad ni nada , CAGON!!

    Jul 01st, 2017 - 12:48 am - Link - Report abuse -5
  • Marti Llazo

    george-your-anus, luego de tanto tiempo ¿por fin lograste levantar aquella piedra, debajo de la cual vivis?

    Jul 01st, 2017 - 03:32 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • golfcronie

    george in your anus, English please

    Jul 02nd, 2017 - 09:51 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Marti Llazo

    It refers to george-your-anus being able at long last to crawl out from under the rock under which he lives.

    Jul 02nd, 2017 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Clyde15

    At present, HMS Queen Elizabeth is continuing her sea trials some 4 miles off the Fife coast near Kirkcaldy

    It was announced yesterday that work was starting on the type 26 Frigates.

    Jul 03rd, 2017 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse +5
  • Marti Llazo

    It was announced yesterday that Argentina still doesn't have a functional navy, or air force, or army, and that its frontiers and waters are as leaky as its museum-piece submarine.

    Jul 03rd, 2017 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • gordo1

    georgeneurus

    Marti Llazo has been very discreet in NOT translating your vulgar nonsense. I am very surprised that the Mercopress monitors have not deleted your post as it goes well “beyond the pale”! Wash your mouth out, nabo!

    Jul 04th, 2017 - 07:46 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Clyde15

    georgeneurus

    Thank you for your interesting post. My knowledge of Spanish insults has doubled.

    Jul 05th, 2017 - 11:20 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Marti Llazo

    I was particularly taken by the curious-george-your-anus reference to the Mono Relojero, which represented the very zenith of Argentine culture. It must have profoundly affected our occasional fellow forero in his quest for diminished capacity.

    A short explanation in English

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Mono_relojero

    Jul 05th, 2017 - 05:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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