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Warship visit
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:04:30 AM »
USS Mason will be calling into Belfast this morning, an Arleigh Burke DDG. They normally tote a pair of SH-60s.
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 09:10:12 AM »
Just called port control as "Warship 87".
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2016, 11:08:00 AM »
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2016, 11:19:02 AM »
Nice one.

She's had an "interesting" cruise!
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2016, 01:23:56 PM »
Docked north on Clarendon, decent view from Odyssey.

Just south of an Arklow shipping coaster which should show on AIS sites.

Hangar appears closed as of 13:30.
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2016, 01:28:53 PM »
Nice one.

She's had an "interesting" cruise!

That's one way of putting it  ;D

What better way to unwind than a port visit to Belfast.

Docked north on Clarendon, decent view from Odyssey.

Just south of an Arklow shipping coaster which should show on AIS sites

Odd that she's moored there. Most warships usually tie-up in Pollock dock.

Any info on how long she's here for?
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2016, 02:39:40 PM »
Would make  a cracking night photo from Titanic Experience car park.

Approximate location  ( errors possible  due to parallax ).
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2016, 06:24:10 PM »
Any info on how long she's here for?

"for the weekend"
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2016, 01:09:49 PM »
My man on the ground says that USS Mason has been moved, no longer on Clarendon dock.  May have moved around to Pollock area.

Disregard previous, he didn't bother going far enough to see properly.  Sacked.  There is a now a vacancy for the Ards Attaché to Belfast should anyone be interested.
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2016, 01:49:23 PM »
Ha! I had exactly the same thing yesterday afternoon from a somewhat moody chum who texted me to say "It's NOT on Clarendon!"  then somewhat meekly recanted as he spied it while driving home.
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2016, 03:00:02 PM »
It's an excellent example of hiding in plain sight.  If I hadn't know that the ship was definitely there my eye would have skipped it as a 'gap' along the dock. It's actually the big white-ish phased-array panels that betrayed it.

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2016, 03:44:30 PM »
It has not moved far. It is directly opposite the HMS Caroline dock. Even easier to see.

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2016, 04:09:29 PM »
Lovely shots.

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2016, 04:51:28 PM »
Very nice indeed and thanks for the location update, I shall try to take a run over on Sunday.

The Burkes seem to have more appendages all over them than I recall from my days of Recognition Journal.  Would seem to rather spoil the stealthiness.

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Re: Warship visit
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2016, 05:03:34 PM »
Due to depart on 'Monday' but I don't have anything more granular than that.

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2016, 11:45:45 PM »
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2016, 06:15:05 PM »
Finally got a run down today before she leaves tomorrow.

Had tried on Friday night for some night shots but she had a tanker parked alongside, obscuring her  :(

Couldn't help but notice that her hull number (87) is faded both on the bow and stern. I wonder is that a security measure?

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2016, 06:23:07 PM »
Very nice indeed.

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2016, 07:03:24 PM »
Good stuff!

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2016, 07:21:41 PM »
Excellent shots. :)

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2016, 08:33:12 PM »
Nice shots, I took a mosey up last night
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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2016, 09:46:13 PM »
She's still in when I passed earlier

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Re: Warship visit
« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2016, 10:09:18 PM »
Splendid night shots! :thumbsup:

You've started me thinking about trying an astronomical sodium-band filter on the front of a lens, to cut the orange glow of street-lights.

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« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2016, 10:56:40 PM »
Splendid night shots! :thumbsup:

You've started me thinking about trying an astronomical sodium-band filter on the front of a lens, to cut the orange glow of street-lights.

I do mine in editing with Lightroom those filters I am informed aren't worth a poo but I have never used one

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