|HMS St Albans Type 23. Commissioned 2000. Built at Yarrows on the Clyde|
I have always been fascinated by ships. The last time I sailed out of Portsmouth for Normandy I took some great shots of the Royal Navy's ships. Leaving early in the morning in late 2016 I got another golden chance to take some pictures of beautiful warships past and present.
|HMS Bristol launched in 1969 now a training ship|
|HMS Illustrious R06. Launched 1978 Swann Hunter. De-commissioned 2014|
|Type 45 HMS Dragon - never seen this artwork on a RN ship before!|
|F234 HMS Iron Duke TYPE 23. Launched 1991, Yarrows on the Clyde|
|F237 HMS Westminster TYPE 23, Launched 1992, Swan Hunter|
|Atmospheric early morning shot into the dockyard two Type 45s in the middle ground|
|Not sure which vessel this is a mine hunter perhaps|
|Nice shot of HMS Westminster|
|Two more Type 45s - are any at sea - oops these the ships with engine problems|
|Mine counter measures vessels in a small harbour area. One is definitely HMS Atherstone|
|Another shot of HMS Bristol D23|
|Nice shot of HMS Illustrious with TYPE 45 HMS Duncan on the right|
|Two other TYPE 45s possibly HMS Daring and HMS Defender|
Some ships it is sad to see being decommissioned and probably awaiting the breakers yard although I read recently that a couple of cities were bidding to buy the Illustrious as a museum piece. It was a chance to snap and snap and snap.
Some nice shots of two real veterans to follow.. HMS Victory and HMS Warrior.