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Eddystone Main Deck

Looking aft along the Main Deck of 'Eddystone' in Marchwood about to discharge another load from Iraq/Kuwait (as part of the UK pull out).
As well as various trucks, 4x4s and armoured vehicles there was also 4 'Challenger 2' tanks together with an RN Merlin helicopter aboard - quite a menagerie.

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Very interesting photos James, I am sure I would have enjoyed a trip like that just to get a close up of the equipment. Surprised that a great number of the vehicles are still green and not painted sand.
Who owns the Eddystone?
Thanks for posting these
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Don,
You'd be surprised just how many of the vehicles in that part of the world and in Afghanistan are painted green. In many cases it seemed that simply green was the original colour and only a single coat of 'Desert Sand' had been applied on top, which then wore off!
Eddystone is one of six ships owned by Foreland Shipping Ltd, which itself is a consortium of Andrew Weirs, Bibby Line, Hadley Shipping Co and James Fishers. Foreland was formed to operate the 6 ships which are on a 25 year contract with the MOD to provide Strategic Sealift. Andrew Weirs directly manage the ships, with Bibbys managing the crewing side. Hadleys/Houlders were involved in the build process however Fishers is the silent partner.
All 6 ships are UK flag, 4 were built in Germany, 2 in Belfast. They all have full British crews (requirement of the contract), all of whom are required to be Special Reservists in the RNR. Should the vessels be required to enter a warzone, then those onboard will be called so as to take advantage of the legal protection afforded to combatants.

Some more comments here:
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=84168
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=84224
 

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Thanks Jim I had forgotten about the shotblast effect the sand has but I thought the paint would have lasted a wee bit longer on the "Challengers".
The make up and ownership of your ships is fascinating and it must make for some interesting runs for the ships.
Thanks for all the information from your links.

Don
 

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Jim, the quality (pictures and information) that you bring to the Site does not go unnoticed - thank you Sir (Applause)
 

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Hi Jim,

Agree with Tonga, heard lots about these ships and crewing, nice to get factual information.

Best Regards

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Don/Mark/Yuge,
Many thanks for the comments. Althought I only have a toy Digital camera, I do find myself taking quite a lot of photos, so I hope those I post have some interest to members!
 

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Todays water based paints would not last long being "sandblasted" in Iraq I would think. interesting set of photo's James C. We ( as in Maritime Overseas) shipped a lot of "kit" from the States to Israel, some "official" and some darned right "unofficial" in the late 60's/early70's which is why our vessel's like yours carried crew's of Reservists.
 

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