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Crewing Up

The behind-the-scenes story of what makes HMS Queen Elizabeth so unique and how her crew are working together to breathe life into Britain's biggest warship.

It is early 2016 and sailors begin to arrive at Rosyth dockyard in Scotland where HMS Queen Elizabeth is still under construction. Captain Jerry Kyd and his 700 sailors assemble to take up their posts on the biggest warship constructed for the Royal Navy. Their mission? To take the prototype warship to sea for the first time on dangerous make-or-break sea trials in the North Sea.

Before sailing, the crew have to undergo rigorous fire and flood training, but suddenly they are faced with the real thing. Has the training paid off? And how will they get the supercarrier out of the dockyard sea gate with only a few centimetres clearance either side? They will also have to sail her under the Forth road and rail bridges - no easy task when HMS Queen Elizabeth is taller than both.

With unprecedented access, this series - three years in the making - tells the behind-the-scenes story of what makes HMS Queen Elizabeth so unique and how her crew are working together to breathe life into Britain's biggest warship.

59 minutes

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Mon 7 Oct 2019 02:55

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Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Caroline Catz
Director Chris Terrill
Executive Producer Christine Hall
Production Company Uppercut Films

Broadcasts

  • Sun 15 Apr 2018 20:00
  • Sat 21 Apr 2018 13:00
  • Sat 21 Apr 2018 13:30
  • Thu 17 May 2018 01:55
  • Sun 25 Nov 2018 19:00
  • Sun 6 Oct 2019 20:00
  • Mon 7 Oct 2019 02:55