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Nottingham's Line Up

A closer look at Nottingham departing Victory Jetty under tow following her decommissioning yesterday.

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More daft questions...but I can't help be curious
The Nottingham is decommissioned so is it unusual for her to have a parade of sailors lined up by the gun, (is it simply to monitor the tow and drop an anchor in an emergency?) Also what would this line up procedure be called?
Also with every dead RN ship tow, why are there officers on the bridge roof, I take it one would be a pilot, but why not be on the bridge wings? One would have thought health and safety would put a stop to this.
 

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can only sumise that they are the last of her skeleton crew to take her to the moorings , if so they are still ships company so would be required to man the upper deck for leaving harbour (even to a mooring)
As for the bridge roof is there not some sort of conning posistion there? for emergancies? and as she is effectivly a dead ship i presume no one would be on the bridge..... thats my theory anyway being an ex greenie im not totaly up to speed on seamanship evoloutions.
p.s it,s just called harbour stations from what i can remember when only the required members of the ships company (normally the dabbers) who are involved in the evoloution man the upper deck, unless it is procedure Alpha when all the ships company not on watch are up there( normally in number 1 uniform all looking pretty)
thats my take any way hope it,s of some use
 

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Pilot is on the bridge roof giving guidance to the tugs (He is up there because he can get near 360 degree visibility), the guys on the focsle are the mooring party...if they are in uniform, whoever is in charge will have them fell in - if they are not handling the ropes of course!
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Stevo. Believe this or believe it not but it is perfectly true !
In 1983 in Mombasa HMS Galatea held a lunchtime RPC for RFA Plumleaf.
The venue was Galatea's wheelhouse top.
Imagine a dozen RN and a dozen RFA Officers carousing in a space not much bigger than a table tennis table. And under the midday sun.
I believe we all enjoyed it and as far as I remember no one fell off.
Tell that to 'elf 'n safty.
 

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