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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #40 on: Dec 22, 2011, 07:23 PM »
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #41 on: Dec 22, 2011, 08:01 PM »
With 3500 troops on board there was less damage than with regular passengers.

Amazing.  But pax don't face court martials for damage done. They just complain this doesn't work or that the water isn't hot enough or what have you trivia to the pursers.

That aside the Argies are sabre rattling.  >:(  Since dear Mr Cameron has decimated our forces it was inevitable that the Argies would.  

Time for a show of force, but goodness knows how.  Ark Royal is rotting in Portsmouth, the Harriers have been sent to the US for spare parts, so no more "I counted them off and I counted them back" ... but hey  ;) ... I know of the whereabouts of a troop ship whose cv reads:

"Ship capable of carrying 3,500 troops plus crew, available for immediate sailing with gilt-edged track record.  Previous experience in same role in Falklands well documented.  Volunteer crew available, contact  QEstory website.  Governments interested in hiring the ship, please contact Nakheel +971 4 390 333 any time in the next few days.  First come, first served.
(Note: Nakheel don't celebrate Christmas  ??? so please ring any time).

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #42 on: Feb 03, 2012, 02:54 PM »
'They Couldn't Have Done It Without Us: The Merchant Navy in the Falklands War.
By John Johnson-Allen
Pub. Seafarer Books 2011
£9.95 and available on Amazon.

It will be interesting to know if / when others have read this;
at first glance, it looks comprehensive and well written.
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 #43 on: Feb 03, 2012, 10:50 PM »
There are a handful of really superb photos here

http://homersykes.photoshelter.com/search?I_DSC=qe2&I_DSC_AND=t&_ACT=search

The pic to me that exemplifies the Brits is the one of the girlfriend hooking the bra on to the crane and having it delivered to her Welsh Guard on the ship. Where else in the world would you get that?

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Re: QE2 Items on Ebay
« Reply #44 on: Mar 08, 2012, 08:06 PM »
Any member of the Forum on the QE2 when it went to the Falklands?---


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150773950315?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:VRI&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2661

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Re: QE2 Items on Ebay
« Reply #45 on: Mar 08, 2012, 11:02 PM »
Any member of the Forum on the QE2 when it went to the Falklands?---


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150773950315?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:VRI&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2661

200 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have 2 of them sitting in the attic!Believe it or not...they were flown out to the ship, by chopper along with uniforms for the survivors of the sunken ships. One of the RN Naval Party ordered them to make a few bob on the side!

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #46 on: Mar 31, 2012, 11:04 AM »
Good article here about HMS Courageous keeping QE2 safe from underneath!

 http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ken-proud-of-subs-war-role-1.939937?referrerPath=news/
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #47 on: Mar 31, 2012, 06:18 PM »
Good article here about HMS Courageous keeping QE2 safe from underneath!

 http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ken-proud-of-subs-war-role-1.939937?referrerPath=news/

That was a very interesting article.  So QE2 had an escort, abeit a hidden one!  I wonder if there are more stories to "surface" as time goes on. 
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #48 on: Mar 31, 2012, 06:31 PM »
That was a very interesting article.  So QE2 had an escort, abeit a hidden one!  I wonder if there are more stories to "surface" as time goes on.

I have absolutely no doubt. As time goes on and people are no longer worried about Security, weapons etc etc more will come out. To this day though there are still things that can be "given away" to our future enemies.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #49 on: Apr 01, 2012, 08:22 AM »
Rod - The media over here has been 'talking' about the conflict and the anniversary a fair bit recently.
I was wondering how long the notice was that You and the Crew were given about the 'trip' south?
Was there time for a bit of leave before she sailed?
Then after QE2 was back home - was there a break for you guys before the next passenger trip?
Rosie

« Last Edit: Apr 01, 2012, 08:29 AM by Twynkle »
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 #50 on: Apr 01, 2012, 12:28 PM »
Really brave what those soldiers went through.

Heres a picture gallery of the Falklands war. QE2 is mentioned many times.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/photos/30-years-on-falklands-war-in-pictures-1333120848-slideshow/

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #51 on: Apr 01, 2012, 09:16 PM »
Rod - The media over here has been 'talking' about the conflict and the anniversary a fair bit recently.
I was wondering how long the notice was that You and the Crew were given about the 'trip' south?
Was there time for a bit of leave before she sailed?
Then after QE2 was back home - was there a break for you guys before the next passenger trip?
Rosie
Rosie,
I was on leave when it was announced. Was in Sainsburys as it happens. When I got home I called the Office and they said you are on the list would you go. I said yes and was put on the list. Remember they had to get enough people that said yes and would pick whom they wanted...MOD had been in the Soton office for a while I believe. Later that day got a call saying leave cancelled until further notice. Report to ship upon arrival. I did. Then it was mad chaos and confusion... Many projects, Putting in washers and dryers in every room service pantry. A/C to bits of the barn that didn't have it. All the time working round the..."Sorry you cant go in there at the moment" We were called to meetings with the Naval Party sailing with us...everyone reacted like they did this kind of thing every week! BUT it was the MOD's money so it was great. It was very long hours. They told us they would be sailing at 1600 come hell or high water...there were boiler problems...we sailed on 2...hence all the tugs...got out of sight near the IOW and finished repairs to the third...Took on helicopters after they had tested landing at various speeds..And off we went!
Had to land a crew member with spinal meningitis by helo, sent ashore with one of our nurses ...she came back with that days papers. Daily Telegraph crossword,,,have to make 50 copies...small things. The 1 deck shop became a classroom for the Army... People had to take exams.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #52 on: Apr 01, 2012, 09:24 PM »
continued:
As far as when we came back....I was on the outs with my Dad at the time so volunteered to stay on board got about 2 weeks leave after 7 weeks.
I am going to a Falklands reunion next month here in FLA. One of the people I met last year was on of the survivors from Coventry that we took home. Another was a LT. in 2 Para and is now the Senior British Officer in Central Command just awarded the Order of the Bath  in the New years Honors list. Now a Maj Gen!

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #53 on: Apr 01, 2012, 09:29 PM »
If you have any questions I would be pleased to answer them.
QE2 was asked to do a task...we did it to the best of our ability. AND Damn well I might add...MOD did their job well and kept us informed. When we made friends with individual Officers from the MOD and plied them with drink we learned more and that we did not spread around!

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #54 on: Apr 02, 2012, 09:11 PM »
If you have any questions I would be pleased to answer them.
QE2 was asked to do a task...we did it to the best of our ability. AND Damn well I might add...MOD did their job well and kept us informed. When we made friends with individual Officers from the MOD and plied them with drink we learned more and that we did not spread around!

Thank you, Rod.


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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #55 on: Apr 15, 2012, 11:15 AM »
When the Queen went to war: Amazing pictures on QE2 as it sailed to the Falklands

Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2128733/Queen-went-war-Amazing-pictures-QE2-sailed-Falklands.html#ixzz1s6QizjNL
« Last Edit: Apr 15, 2012, 02:16 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #56 on: Apr 15, 2012, 12:07 PM »
The pictures alone tell a story.  But the articles give a bit of an overview of what life was like onboard QE2 to and from the Falklands.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #57 on: Apr 15, 2012, 05:28 PM »
the Harriers have been sent to the US for spare parts, so no more

In actual fact the Harriers are being sent to fly! Because of the delay in their replacement the USMC is actually assigning them to squadrons. Also trying to buy any others they can get their hands on!

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #58 on: Apr 15, 2012, 06:01 PM »
When the Queen went to war: Amazing pictures on QE2 as it sailed to the Falklands

Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2128733/Queen-went-war-Amazing-pictures-QE2-sailed-Falklands.html#ixzz1s6QizjNL

 If I may take issue with some of the things in the article:
1st pic is titled "Returning to Soton: Too many army troops...must have been departure.
"Wooden planking" it was hardboard/masonite.
Steel plating attached to the hull....uh NO...we only had what John Browns gave us in 69!
Magnetic coils fitted...NO these were fitted at John Browns when the ship was built...called de-gaussing gear for use primarily in the North Sea and around Scandanavia where  there still a lot of magnetic mines.
Anti aircraft gun...well yes but it is actually a Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun that belonged to the regiments on board. When they left so did the guns. The platform for them were built by Harris Pye Marine whom we carried.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #59 on: Apr 26, 2012, 06:28 PM »
The work of the War Artist on board QE2 throughout her time off S Georgia
Commentary by David Scott
Thanks too, to www.riversideappeal.org for the video

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.