Saturday, 29 July 2017

SATURDAY CRITTERS - USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH Arrives in the Solent Off Portsmouth

I am on the Isle of Wight at present and in the first image I am sure you are wondering why I am showing you it but I wanted you to see that I was photographing it about 2-3  miles away.  
Now can anyone see an aircraft carrier in this shot below.

This $6.2billion Nimitz-class super carrier is a tad under 1,100ft (333m) long the Nimitz-class American aircraft carrier is too big to enter Portsmouth Harbour and therefore is currently moored off Stokes Bay in the Solent.

OK  I managed to get it a bit closer on the zoom and there is a video at the end showing the planes on board.  

USS George H.W Bush was completed in 2009 and last visited this area in May 2012 and at that time had a lady Captain.  She is named after the 41st President of the United States and former Director of Central Intelligence George H. W. Bush, who was a naval aviator during World War II.

The ship’s company is of over 5,000 sailors. The ship, known as "Bush", has been taking part in the multi-national Exercise Saxon Warrior in the Western Approaches with the Royal Navy and other Nato forces.

These are a couple of stills of the horses beginning to gallop along the beach but you will see more of the horses in the video below.

These images were all photographed when my daughter and I we stopped at a cafe on the sea front to have coffee and DELICIOUS scones.  

CLICK HERE if the video does not appear below.

I am linking it to Saturday Critters.

I know the photos are not great however I thought you might like to see this marvellous aircraft carrier as I am on holidays on the Isle of Wight.

Thanks for visiting and also for leaving comments.


  1. Wow, this is so impressive. I did not know any of these facts. It is huge! Your food and coffee looks so good!

  2. Beautiful views.Nice post and pics.
    Have a nice weekend.

  3. Your refreshments get my vote today. I hope you and your daughter had a lovely day together.

  4. I love the shot of the carrier with the horses in the foreground!

  5. HelloMargaret! How impressive to see such a huge aircraft carrier! Thanks for sharing those facts about it & the shot with horses galloping along the beach is lovely!
    Enjoy your holidays!

  6. Horses on a beach. Funny enough for my imagination.
    But very interesting.

  7. Hello, thanks for sharing the facts on this aircraft carrier. I love the shots with the horses on the beach. What a neat place to ride. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  8. I like your Isle of Wight photos. The horses on the beach one is wonderful. We have been past the Isle a few times when cruise boat sailing from Southampton. I would not have recognized the Bush even if we did see it. Thank you.

  9. Ummm... the coffee and scones look delicious!

  10. Water and sky, ships and horses, and food!
    Very interesting post!

  11. What a great video and you can tell from the selfie-taking horse rider than even the locals are impressed by the aircraft carrier, when you zoom in to see the planes, you get an idea of how big it really is!
    Sorry you had trouble leaving a message today, thanks for persevering and looking forward to catching up one day!!
    Wren x

  12. WOW! To see an aircraft carrier would be quite an experience.Great pictures.

  13. That is one hell of a ship! Hope it is only ever used to exercises.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  14. SATURDAY CRITTERS - USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH Arrives in the Solent Off Portsmouth. I am on the Isle of Wight at present and in the first ...

  15. I always enjoy it when I find a location we've been to on a blog. And we stayed right on the waterfront in Portsmouth on one trip, and travelled across the Solent to the Isle of Wight for a day. Great memories!

  16. These are great photos! Our oldest son is in the US Navy, in the "silent" service...the submarine corps. Our youngest son is a US Marine. Ships, sailors, warriors, they are all a big part of our lives here at McClendon Villa. :)

    Your food looks very tasty. I bet that plum jelly is yummy!

    Have a blessed week. :)

  17. I saw this from your other post Margaret and was immediately drawn to the aircraft carrier. I will be showing this to Gregg as he is retired navy.