Frigate crew encounters an ocean monster
THE SAILORS of Devonport frigate HMS Monmouth have been literally looking up to their American colleagues as they joined a giant aircraft carrier.
While on patrol in the Middle East the crew of the Plymouth-based frigate were given a close-up view of the huge nuclear-powered aircraft carrier – the Nimitz Class aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis.
A party of HMS Monmouth's sailors had the chance to go on board and were shown the extensive power of the giant, including fighter aircraft launches from the vast flight deck.
The US ship is similar to the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers the Royal Navy is due to receive in the near future.
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Lieutenant Steve Woolley, 27, from Plymouth, said: "I was amazed at the size and complexity of the Stennis.
"We were very well looked after by our American counterparts and it was a great day for all lucky enough to get across."
Sailors from the USS John C Stennis also visited their Royal Naval colleagues and were treated to a tour of the ship.
Lieutenant Anderson, a dental officer from USS JC Stennis, said: "I am grateful for a fully extensive tour of HMS Monmouth, including the exciting ride in your Black Knight helicopter. We all want to say a big thank you to the British Navy for their kindness over the day."
The sailors from both sides of the Atlantic swapped a number of gifts including baseball caps from the Americans and RN emblazoned tea cups from the British.