Saturday, 27 August 2016

Outbound from the River Clyde


The submersible barge 'Dina Launcher' departed Glasgow today and headed to sea.

Her work of launching HMS Forth having been completed she moves on to the next task.

She was being towed by the 'Stadt Aardal' on the bow, and 'CMS Warrior' at the stern.


The 'Warrior' will only go as far as Greenock.

Passing Langbank

Approaching Port Glasgow

 Passing Port Glasgow


 Outbound


Heading to Sea

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

HMS Forth - Heads to Fitting Out After Launch


The (HMS) Forth departed the KGV docks today having been floated off the barge yesterday.

She was towed to Yarrow's dock and will be there for around seven months while she is fitted out.

She will then begin sea trials.


First Taste of the River


Making Her Way Downriver


Tugs Escorting

Passing Braehead


On Her Way

Pilot and Yard Workers

 Entering Yarrow's Dock

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Friday, 19 August 2016

HMS Forth Departs Govan


The (HMS) Forth departed the BAE yard in Govan today and is now in KGV docks where she will be non-dynamically launched via the barge.

After the launch she will eventually be towed to Scotstoun for fitting out prior to sea trials.

 (HMS) Medway Under Construction

(HMS) Forth Awaits Her Departure


Awaiting Instructions


Bruiser Lining Up


 Helicopter Overflies the Scene

CMS Warrior Stands Off

 Activity Begins


Tugs Starting to Prepare for the Tow

Soon be on the Move 

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Submersible Barge in Tow


The submersible barge 'Dina Launch' on her tow to BAE Systems in Govan.

She was ably assisted by the 'Stadt Sloevaag' on the bow, and 'CMS Warrior' at the stern.

Thankfully the weather was kind till she had passed.

 Approaching Clydebank


Passing Clydebank

 Norwegian Tug 'Stadt Sloevaag'


 Friendly Waves


 Monitoring the Tow


Passing the River Cart


Bound for BAE in Govan 


'CMS Warrior' Takes the Stern

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

HMS Ambush Returns


HMS Ambush arriving home to Scotland for repairs following her collision off Gibraltar.

She made her way up Loch Long to Coulport where she will undergo inspection before repair work begins.

Significant damage to her tower was sustained when she surfaced and struck a tanker.

She is in a safe condition and the crew are all well.

Tugs Assist Entering Loch Long

Damaged Tower

HMS Ambush

 Making Her Way Up Loch Long

Almost at Coulport

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

East Fortune Air Show


Today is the East Fortune Airshow and it's off I go for some photos.

I had opted to stay outside of the show this year to get some different images, albeit I know would miss some general shots of the activities other than the flying.

I had heard good things about viewing from Traprain Law, so car duly parked the ascent was undertaken with some effort, though the climb wasn't too long.

My first sight was the Exmoor ponies and that was an unexpected joy.

As things turned out there wasn't too much in the way of aircraft coming over my way, though I can see the attraction if it were busier.

Decided to cut my losses and after the descent headed over to the show area.

As there was less than two hours remaining of the display I thought perhaps a reduced price may be on offer, but sadly that wasn't the case.

So, I found a spot where I could park and caught the tail end of the flying display, then managed a few rewarding photos.


Exmoor Ponies

 Red Arrows in Flight

 Canadian Vickers Catalina

 Bass Rock

Smoke On

Eurocopter Squirrel HT.1

 BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk.87

 MiG-15

 Hurricane and Spitfire

Spitfire

 Swiss PC-7 Team

 Breaking

 Swiss PC-7 Team

Close Encounter

Solo

Swiss PC-7 Team

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