HMS Ark Royal in Scotland
The British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal is escorted up Loch Long by a tugboat as it heads for the Glen Douglas facility in Scotland. The Ark Royal will take on stores there before heading off on a deployment which will take it to the Mediterranean and possibly onto the Gulf. * 16/1/03: Britain s most powerful warship was due to set sail from Scotland, having completed its final domestic preparations for a potential war in the Gulf. HMS Ark Royal was expected to leave the Glen Douglas armaments base on the banks of Loch Long, Argyll, bound for the Mediterranean where it will take part in exercises. The aircraft carrier will then head for the Gulf region should the US and Britain launch military action against Iraq.
Military - Polaris Submarine Launch - Vickers Shipyard, Barrow in Furness
HMS Resolution, Britain's first Polaris submarine, goes down the slipway at Vickers Shipyard, Barrow in Furness, after being named by the Queen Mother. Protestors against Britain's Polaris programme stood with placards on the approach road as the Queen Mother arrived at Vickers Armstrong Shipyard for the naming and launching ceremony. HMS Resolution, about 7, 000 tons, is one of four Polaris submarines which should be operational by 1970.
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Hms Amethyst : 1952
HMS AMETHYST 1952: The frigate that made a spectacular dash down the Yangste River under Chinese guns returned to Devonport after 2 years in the Far East. Here are some of the crew with the ship's dog, Joe, who was 'recruited' in Malta. He wears the Korea ribbons of the UN and the British Empire.