Sunday 5 April 2009

Who's hidden the aircraft carrier?

I had a day off work on Friday, so we drove down the Solent for a late breakfast. The morning visibility was very poor, as these two shots of nearby Hill Head show.

Above Hill Head looking east towards Lee on Solent.
Below looking west towards Calshot.

Arriving in Stokes Bay at one of our favourite beach front cafes, the viz was just as bad. The yacht below was anchored close inshore, the one in the background no more than 50 yards away. Normally you can see right across the Solent to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

The visibility was forecast to lift in the early afternoon, so planning on going for an afternoon sail, I checked all the local weather stations. One of them Ryde Web Cam, looks straight back into Stokes Bay where we had been having breakfast. We were a bit surprised to see this aircraft carrier, anchored in the Solent, mid way between Ryde and Stokes Bay. It had been completely invisible to us only a couple of hours before.
I'm guessing it's the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT presumably over as part of the security measures for the G20 last week.

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