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RFA Stromness

RFA Stromness

RFA Stromness in Addu atoll lagoon, Maldives, 1967.

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A classic ship. Even Lancastrian must find NESS boats good to look at! She is due to go out of service from the US Navy any time now I think.............42 years young.
 

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Whaddya mean even Lancastrian? I have never had a problem appreciating real good looks!
On balance I think these were just beaten by the Forts.

Memory problem. What were those after derricks for and why the red ends?
 

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Vertically stowed derricks aft of the funnel were often given black tops for housekeeping reasons - I guess it was a local idea to change to red to point up to helos using the vertrep platform. Perhaps the more usual yellow and black for obstructions would have looked a bit odd ? For ? I think they must be to work loads to and from the vertrep platform, connecting with the lift.
 

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