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Old 05-07-2021, 12:48 AM
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"Britain to rule the waves once more"

Media really has no limits over there...
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:46 AM
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But it means a new version of Britannia (as in the old royal yacht) not Britain which is set to rule the waves once more. It's just a flowery way of saying they'll be a new royal yacht sailing again. Fingers crossed.

Nothing to do with Britain ruling the waves. That's not happened since at least the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty.
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Old 05-30-2021, 02:00 AM
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"New national flagship to promote British businesses around the world
New ship will showcase cutting-edge British design, engineering and green technology while boosting trade and driving investment."

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/n...ound-the-world
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Old 05-30-2021, 02:28 AM
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As well as being a resource for British firms looking to export globally, the ship will also be a tangible manifestation of British ingenuity and shipbuilding expertise. The Government’s intention is to build the ship in the UK. This will create jobs, help drive a renaissance in the UK’s shipbuilding industry and showcase the best of British engineering around the world.

The Prime Minister said:

This new national flagship will be the first vessel of its kind in the world, reflecting the UK’s burgeoning status as a great, independent maritime trading nation.

Every aspect of the ship, from its build to the businesses it showcases on board, will represent and promote the best of British – a clear and powerful symbol of our commitment to be an active player on the world stage.

As well as promoting trade, it is expected that the flagship will play an important role in achieving the UK’s foreign policy and security objectives, including by hosting summits and other diplomatic talks.

Construction of the ship is expected to begin as soon as next year and the ship will enter service within the next four years. The tendering process for the design and construction of the ship will launch shortly, with an emphasis on building a vessel which reflects British design expertise and the latest innovations in green technology.

The ship will be crewed by the Royal Navy and is expected to be in service for around 30 years.

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You're spot on, Muhler!!!

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No, but as you have no doubt read, there are going to be huge investments worldwide in not least infrastructure but also other fields, in order to kickstart the economy both locally and globally.
It depends on how you sell it.

A royal yacht build in Britain, will employ thousands of people.
She will need a permanent British crew. - No cheap foreign sailors.
She will need running maintenance all her life, also in Britain.
She will remain in British hands and thus remain a British symbol.
- It all depends on how you sell it.

You can easily present a case against pretty much anything, as too costly and really not necessary, but that means no one will be employed.

I deliberately used the example of the Eiffel Tower, because it was a (not that costly actually) highly visible symbol of what French builders, engineers, constructors and manufacturers could do at the time. With hyper-modern materials.
Just like the Crystal Palace.
No Royal approval though
Palace sinks plan to name 200m royal yacht after Philip
Archive: https://archive.ph/Op1TP
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But the prime minister’s plan to honour the Duke of Edinburgh by naming the national flagship after him has been abandoned after the idea was greeted with coolness within royal circles.

A senior royal source said it was considered “too grand” a symbol for use by the monarchy in the modern age. “It is not something we have asked for,” the source added. The idea is understood not to have won the support of the monarch.

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But the Queen, 95, no longer undertakes overseas travel because of her age and courtiers are understood to be less than enthusiastic about the idea of a vessel presented as a new “royal yacht”. The royal family will not use the new ship for their personal travel or holidays.

It is understood that the Palace was not involved in the commissioning process. A palace source said: “It is a government decision, Buckingham Palace has not been involved in the decision, but we respect it.”

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It seems the BRF is unwilling to be the scapegoat for the upcoming flaks.

PS: After the Boaty McBoatface debacle, I shudder to think what the name would be if they pull another poll for the public (read: netizen) to name it.
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Old 05-30-2021, 07:08 AM
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So this "Flaghip" will be a Royal Yacht in anything but name and WITHOUT a Royal approval ?
Sounds rather ... fishy.
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An upbeat perspective from the CEO of Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.

https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/1...ammell-lairds/

Lots of economic opportunities.
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Old 06-02-2021, 12:31 PM
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So this "Flaghip" will be a Royal Yacht in anything but name and WITHOUT a Royal approval ?
Sounds rather ... fishy.
It won't be used by the rf in the way Britannia was. There won't be any holiday cruises or honeymoons I'm sure. It will be strictly royal duties only.
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Old 06-02-2021, 01:07 PM
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It won't be used by the rf in the way Britannia was. There won't be any holiday cruises or honeymoons I'm sure. It will be strictly royal duties only.
Yeees, but on the way to and from whatever destination... - Well, some might think that's almost like a cruise.
And the ship and crew will need some practice from time to time, plenty of opportunity for a BRF member or two to hitch a ride - and help train the service-crew.
I can several ways of getting around that one.

And the ship will be a floating promotion of Britain wherever she sails - even more so if there is a royal or two aboard.
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Old 06-02-2021, 01:19 PM
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I hope not....
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Old 06-02-2021, 05:56 PM
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Yeees, but on the way to and from whatever destination... - Well, some might think that's almost like a cruise.
And the ship and crew will need some practice from time to time, plenty of opportunity for a BRF member or two to hitch a ride - and help train the service-crew.
I can several ways of getting around that one.

And the ship will be a floating promotion of Britain wherever she sails - even more so if there is a royal or two aboard.
Unlikely.

The gov press release states:
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A typical six month itinerary for the flagship might include docking at a port in a country where a British Prime Ministerial visit is taking place to accommodate parallel discussions between British and local businesses, hosting trade fairs to sell British products to an emerging market and providing the venue for an international ministerial summit or major trade negotiations between the UK and another government.
Most likely it would be same for the royals.

Besides, with the future plan of slimming down, the royals have no time nor numbers for any "cruising" trip. In fact, it seems they're trying their hardest to distance themselves from this. And after the whole "flying commercial" (or the Cambridge's school run before leaving and arranging return trip for bed tucking), cruising for royal tour seems to be counterproductive.
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Old 06-02-2021, 07:16 PM
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I doubt if in today's world it is going to be used for pleasure outings by the RF.....
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Old 06-12-2021, 11:31 AM
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Is anyone's wondering how HM got to Cornwall & back to Windsor in time for trooping (a round journey of about 500 miles) she took the Royal Train.


https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/...-royal-5521209


https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...n-seen-5519599

Someone caught it passing Totnes.



As an aside I can hardly believe Air Force One actually landed at Newquay Airport!
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