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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #120 on: Aug 30, 2014, 05:23 PM »
A lot of injured personnel were transferred off the Uganda for the voyage north due to QE2's superior speed. According to the Beyondships site QE2 did indeed make a call at Ascension Island on the northbound with the intention of returning to the War Zone, but the Admiralty released her as the campaign in the Falklands was drawing successfully to a close.

http://www.beyondships.com/QE2-Falklands-2.html

Thank you very much for this additional information, Graham -- once again, QE2's superior speed made all the difference!

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #121 on: Sep 18, 2014, 07:56 PM »
There is a very well deserved tribute to Jacqui Hodgson in the latest Cunarder.
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #122 on: Sep 18, 2014, 08:47 PM »
Thank you very much, Rosie, for pointing this out to us.  June   :)
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #123 on: May 12, 2015, 02:05 PM »
Starting this thread as a repository for this article, and the probability of many memories and more articles :

http://www.falklandnews.com/public/story.cfm?get=5297&source=3

I'd also be interested to read what you may be thinking about this rather different period of QE2's life...

On this day in 1982, our QE2 followed in the footsteps of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth and became a troopship during the Falklands conflict. 

She has served Cunard and her country well.

If only Cunard and The National Maritime Trust could work together and bring QE2 back to England and be placed in a position of honor which she (QE2) so richly deserves.
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #124 on: Jun 23, 2015, 05:00 PM »
I have just come across this article from September 1982 which is quite a good read and contains some interesting historical information.

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20083024,00.html
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #125 on: Jun 24, 2015, 04:32 PM »
Thank you, Alan, for posting the link to this very interesting and fact filled article.  It does indeed provide much information not always found in other articles.  Especially noteworthy was Capt. Jackson expecting our QE2 to be half way through her life based on the life expectancy of most liners.  Our QE2, though, has surpassed all others in many ways including her service life and all she has accomplished and witnessed during her career.  To the QE2 !!
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« Reply #126 on: Jun 25, 2015, 04:17 PM »
I have just come across this article from September 1982 which is quite a good read and contains some interesting historical information.

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20083024,00.html

Oh that one had a lump in my throat right enough!!

Interesting to note that (as most of would've concurred at the time) the Capt reckoned we would never see a ship of that type or size made again. Now we have QM2 which, despite what some people would like you to think, is QE2's successor as Queen of the Atlantic run. How things change.....

Thanks for finding and posting the link Alan.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #127 on: Aug 10, 2015, 08:18 PM »
Q E 2 LEAVES FOR FALKLAND ISLANDS - NO SOUND - COLOUR

"Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 moored by dock (x 2) MS Helicopter pad over Swimming Pool MCU Welder working on Helicopter pad GV Soldiers and Army Vehicles on deck (x 2) MCU Men working on Helicopter Pad GV Stores swung across by crane (x 3) GV Liner & cranes VARIOUS ANGLES Gurkhas with kit boarding Liner (x 8) MS Officers boarding CU LORD MATHEWS (Victor - Chairman of Cunard) pull back GV & MCU Soldiers lining ships rail GV Families line roof of Ocean Terminal MCU Soldiers with Banners leaning over rail GV Families waving GV Soldiers on upper deck GV Stern of liner & tug MS Line cast-off GV Tugs MCU Ropes coast "

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #128 on: Aug 11, 2015, 06:38 PM »
Rob, this video has marvelous footage of our war heroine with many, many close up views of her.  When looking at her head on, she appears to be listing a bit to port - any wonder with all of those aboard her ?  And can one even imagine what all of the family and friends seeing her off must have been feeling at that time ?
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #129 on: Aug 11, 2015, 08:22 PM »
This pic does show some of the cut away parts..
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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« Reply #130 on: Sep 13, 2015, 07:52 PM »
I hope I'm not duplicating a previous post here, have looked around & cannot see anything , however as always apologies 

 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x327qj0_qe2-in-the-falklands-war_autohttp://
 I'm always looking at alternatives to youtube so it might already be here on the forum

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #131 on: Sep 13, 2015, 10:59 PM »
Thanks, Pete, for posting the link to this video.  I, myself, have never seen it before and it is awe inspiring. 
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #132 on: May 13, 2016, 06:11 PM »
Slides - QE2 -The Falklands war troop ship


Comment 'Nice and fast,only ship we could have done it with....Escorts could not live with her....28-29knots,sustained.'
Thanks to NAIAD for making the video

Bringing forward Rosie's post and marvelous slideshow video honoring QE2 as on this day in 1982, she was making her way to The Falklands.
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #133 on: May 14, 2016, 01:12 PM »
 ‘It was quite an experience’: heading to war on the QE2

http://gu.com/p/4ttnk?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #134 on: May 15, 2016, 08:20 PM »
Scared of infringing copyright of 'The Guardian', but deceided to go for it anyway, if mods pull it I'm sure that it'll be saved as part of the story somewhere in TQS vaults, for future. Internet link here :

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/13/qe2-heading-to-falkland-islands-ian-fletcher-1982-photograph
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #135 on: Feb 03, 2019, 09:14 AM »
Some excellent photos taken by the ship's photographer and report

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2128733/Queen-went-war-Amazing-pictures-QE2-sailed-Falklands.html

These are good - Maybe these have been posted before?
Rod - and John C, have you seen them?
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Rod

Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #136 on: Feb 03, 2019, 02:28 PM »
Thank you Rosie, I have seen them before. I think the article was posted.
I still don't think the first pic was departure, I think it was arrival. Too many Marines!

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #137 on: May 11, 2019, 10:58 PM »
Tomorrow,for me at least, marks the 37th anniversary of QE 2 sailing off to war.

I just found out, about 2 days ago. that all the crew on board at that time are now officially recognized as Veterans of Her Majesties Armed Forces. Amazing after 37 years!
We have a cool lapel pin that we can wear.
I will be going to our reunion dinne Jun3 15th in Kissimmee, Florida.

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #138 on: May 12, 2019, 12:10 AM »
That must have been a very pleasant surprise, Rod! Congratulations :) . Does it get you any special advantages, such as a pension?

Do you have these reunions quite regularly? Enjoy this rather special one!

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« Reply #139 on: May 12, 2019, 12:19 AM »
That must have been a very pleasant surprise, Rod! Congratulations :) . Does it get you any special advantages, such as a pension?

Do you have these reunions quite regularly? Enjoy this rather special one!
No special priveliges! The reunion is a yearly thing. This will be the second one in Kissimmee, thats about 20 mins from home.
They do one every year in St. Petersbufg, FL thats about a 2 hour drive. Food is free and the first hour before the meal is free drinks too. But needs an hotel, dog sitter etc. Plus 2 hours in a car would probably kill me.