IFOS 2005 - H.M. Naval Base, Portsmouth

 30 June 2005 - 3 July 2005

 
 A report from Nigel Sadler on this years proceedings.... (all photographs copyright Nigel R. Sadler unless noted)

IFOS 2005 promised to be the biggest and best ever. Although the annual festival has been held in Portsmouth before - in 1998 and 2001 - this years event was on a different scale. The four day extravaganza represented a once-in-a-lifetime to remember one of Britain's greatest achievements - victory at Trafalgar. Aware of the significance of the date organisers began planning the event in 2000 well before the last IFOS event in 2001, had even begun. Some 250,000 visitors poured through the dockyard gates four years ago, this year the bar has been raised even higher with an unprecedented spread of attractions from around the world. As well as the biggest gathering of Warships and tall ships from across the globe, there was a massive selection of off water entertainment. There was am impressive gathering of naval hardware, aided somewhat by the  presence in the previous few days of the fleet for the Trafalgar celebrations. 27 foreign navies attended. there was an amazing battle enactment as well around 14:00 each day (see separate section to this page) Even though the event was hampered a little by the British weather the organisers were to be congratulated on a huge success. the only comment your scribe would add it that park and ride should be extended to the Gosport side as well as Portsmouth, a parking nightmare ensued for those of us who wanted to have a boat ride before we entered the event, maybe something that could be looked at for future IFOS events. Although it did mean another couple of miles being pedalled by my tired legs to say it was my first IFOS I will certainly be back in two years (if that is when it comes back to Portsmouth) a visit to the past present and future all in one day, plus the pleasure of meeting all the different cultures and the warship crews all too eager to show you round their ships. Only word of warning watch the steep stairs, and mind your head!!!! 

Warships
A multitude of Naval hardware came to Portsmouth most of it after the T200 event earlier in the week. Although vessels did leave during the festival there was still enough variety to keep the interest of any warship guru. the only omission for me was the lack of US hardware but that was more than made up by exotic vessels from every continent. The flagships seemed to be HMS Invincible at the end of the event she had over 40,000 visitors aboard during IFOS. Many of the ships had aviation assets embarked, from Pakistan an Alouette III (note PNS Moawin had a Sea King hangered), from India a Sea King, Russia a Ka-27, Denmark a Lynx and South Africa an Oryx, you would never see such a mix of rare helicopters at a UK airshow (or indeed any other Country) so the appeal of this years event extended to the aviation enthusiast fraternity as well. HMS Invincible had an impressive line up of Harriers through the generations a rare site indeed. Over the four days the weather was changeable but that did not deter the huge crowds who flocked to the event, your scribe also came across HRH Princess Ann the photograph I took being somewhat out of  focus as I was not really ready for her walking out in front of me!!
Algeria 353 El Kirch Djebel Chinoise Class Corvette N/a
Australia FFH 150 HMAS Anzac Anzac class patrol frigate  
Denmark L 17 HDMS Ebsern Snare   S-191 Lynx Mk.90 Esk 728
France A 607 FS Meuse  Durance class multi-product replenishment ship  
Germany 785 FGS Astag    
  F 219 FGS Sachsen Sachsen class (Type 124)  
Greece F 452 HS Hydra Ydra class (MEKO 200 type) frigate  
India D 62 INS Mumbai Godavari class frigate IN528 / W Sea King Mk.42B
Ireland P 31 LE Eithne  Eithne offshore patrol vessel  
Latvia A 53 LNS Versaitis    
Lithuania M 51 LS Kursis Type 331B minehunters  
Netherlands L 800 HNLMS Rotterdam Rotterdam amphibious transport dock  
Oman Q 32 RNOV Al Mua'zzar Quahir al Amwaj class large missile corvette  
Pakistan D 185 PNS Tippu Sultan Tariq (Amazon) class (Type 21) frigate 36 SA.316B Alouette III 333 Sqn
  A 20 PNS Moawin Moawin (Poolster class) replenishment oiler (4512 Sea King Mk.45 111 Sqn hangered)
Portugal F 331 NRP Alvares Cabral Vasco da Gama class (MEKO 200 type) frigate 19203 Super Lynx Mk.95
Romania F 222 RS Regina Maria    
Russia 605 RFS Admiral Levchenko Udaloy class destroyer Ka.27 60 red  (c/n 88610)
South Africa A 301 SAS Drakensberg  Drakensberg multirole support ship SA.330 Oryx 1234  22 Sqn
South Korea DDG 975 ROKS Choong Moo Gong Lee Soon Shin Moon-Moo (KDX-2) class destroyer  
  AOE 57 ROKS Cheonji Cheonji class small replenishment oiler  
Turkey F 245 TCG Oruc Reis  Barbaros class (MEKO 200TN type) frigate  
UK R 06 HMS Illustrious  Invincible class VSTOL carrier Harrier GR.7A ZD433 /45A 1Sq, P1127 XP984, Harrier GR.3 XV752 /B, ZH860/ 69 Merlin HM.1, ZE418 / 86 Sea King AsAc7, ZA168 /CU-30 Sea King HAS.6, Sea Harrier F/A.2
  F 85 HMS Cumberland Cornwall class (Type 22 Batch 3) frigate  
  D 91 HMS Nottingham Sheffield class (type 42 batch 2) air defence destroyer  
  F 83 HMS St Albans Duke class (Type 23) frigate  
  F 233 HMS Marlborough Duke class (Type 23) frigate  
  P 281 HMS Tyne River-class chartered fisheries patrol ship  
  M 30 HMS Ledbury Hunt class mine countermeasures vessel  
  A 171 HMS Endurance Endurance patrol icebreaker XZ246 /EE-435 Lynx HAS.3S(ICE) 815 Sqdn
  H 86 HMSML Gleaner Gleaner-class motor survey launch  
  M 104 HMS Walney Sandown class minehunter  
  A 387 RFA Fort Victoria  Fort Victoria class multi-product replenishment ship Merlin HM.1 ZH836/268 814 Sqn
HMS Illustrious Bell - (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler) HS Hydra (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler 2005) INS Mumbai Bell - (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler)
Illustrious Pennant - (copyight Nigel R. Sadler)
Operation "Swift Strike"

As part of the daily air and sea power demonstration the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force joined force in a mock battle entitled "Swift Strike" The scenario was that on a fictitious island called "Archipelago" off Western Africa a rebel force began to move arms and ammunition using small craft in support of an insurgency on the mainland. The democratically elected government which has good relations with the UK requested that the British Armed Forces assist in gathering intelligence on the rebels activities. After Royal Air Force and Royal Navy aircraft conducted an aerial reconnaissance over the island the pace is quickened as the rebels decide to take on the British Forces, the ensuing battle commenced with pyrotechnics until the final defeat of the rebels. The demonstration included Royal Navy Sea Harries, Lynx and Sea King helicopters, Royal Marine Lynx's and Royal Air force Tornado GR.4, a VC-10 tanker, a Nimrod and a Chinook.

(copyright) International Festival of the Sea 2005 (copyright) International Festival of the Sea 2005
Rehearsal - 21/6 Day 1 - 30/6
XV226 Nimrod MR.2 KSW ?????  / Nimrod MR.2 KSW
ZD990 /721 Harrier T.8 SHOPS ZH811 /L005 Sea Harrier F/A.2 801 Sqdn
ZH797 /000 Sea Harrier F/A.2 801 Sqdn ZH813 /006 Sea Harrier F/A.2 801 Sqdn
ZA588 /BB Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn ZD741 /BZ Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn
ZD719 /BS Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn ?????  / Tornado GR.4  
ZD740 /DR Tornado GR.4 31 Sqdn ?????  / VC-10  
ZA371 /C Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn (2 Sqn Mks) XZ612 /N Lynx AH.7 847 Sqdn
ZD241 /N VC-10 101 Sqdn XZ614 /- Lynx AH.7 847 Sqdn
XZ182 /- Lynx AH.7 847 Sqdn XZ232 /305 Lynx HAS.3GMS 815 Sqdn
XZ614 /- Lynx AH.7 847 Sqdn ZF118 /K Sea King HC.4 845 Sqdn
XZ250 /- Lynx HAS.3S 815 Sqdn ?????  / Sea King HC.4 845 Sqdn
ZF118 /K Sea King HC.4 845 Sqdn ZD983 /? Chinook HC.2A 18 Sqdn
?????  / Sea King HC.4 845 Sqdn      
ZH891 / Chinook HC.2A 18 Sqdn      
Day 2 - 1/7 Day 3 - 2/7
?????  / Nimrod MR.2 KSW ?????  / Nimrod MR.2 KSW
?????  / Sea Harrier F/A.2   ZH798 /L002 Sea Harrier F/A.2 801 Sqdn
?????  / Sea Harrier F/A.2   ZH804 /L007 Sea Harrier F/A.2 801 Sqdn
?????  / Tornado GR.4   ZD788 /BE Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn
?????  / Tornado GR.4   ZA588 /BB Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn
ZA150 /J VC-10 101 Sqdn ZA560 /BC Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn
?????  / Lynx AH.7   ZA150 /J VC-10 101 Sqdn
?????  / Lynx AH.7   XZ612 /N Lynx AH.7 847 Sqdn
XZ232 /305 Lynx HAS.3GMS 815 Sqdn XZ614 /- Lynx AH.7 847 Sqdn
ZF118 /K Sea King HC.4 845 Sqdn XZ232 /305 Lynx HAS.3GMS 815 Sqdn
ZG820 /A Sea King HC.4 845 Sqdn   Sea King HC.4  
ZD983 /? Chinook HC.2A 18 Sqdn   Sea King HC.4  
      ZD983 /? Chinook HC.2A 18 Sqdn
Day 4 - 3/7  
?????  / Nimrod MR.2 KSW
?????  / Sea Harrier F/A.2  
?????  / Sea Harrier F/A.2  
ZA560 /BC Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn
ZA371 /C Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn (2 Sqn Mks)
ZA588 /BB Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn
ZD788 /BE Tornado GR.4 14 Sqdn
ZA150 /J VC-10 101 Sqdn
XZ182 /- Lynx AH.7 847 Sqdn
XZ614 /- Lynx AH.7 847 Sqdn
XZ232 /305 Lynx HAS.3GMS 815 Sqdn
ZF118 /K Sea King HC.4 845 Sqdn
ZG820 /A Sea King HC.4 845 Sqdn
ZD983 /? Chinook HC.2A 18 Sqdn

Tall ships

An amazing array of tall ships attended the event, it made  it seem that history had been re-run, all those tall masts and wooden decks certainly a sight. Navies would not normally cover such ships as they are outside our remit however the sight of them made us make an exception on this occasion! The Grand Turk had played the part of HMS Victory during the celebrations of Trafalgar 

Tall Ships (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler 2005)

Brazil:-        Cisne Branco

Bulgaria:-     Kaliakra
Columbia:-   Gloria
Denmark:-    Georg Stage
France:-       Belle Poule
                   Mutin 
                   La Recouvrance
                   Le Renard
Germany:-    Asta
India:-           Tarangini
Indonesia:-    Dewaruci
Ireland:-        Asgard II
Italy:-            Amerigo Vespucci
Netherlands:- Urania
                    Europa
                    Swan Fan Makum 
                    Artemis Mercedes
Norway:-       Sorlandet
Oman:-         Shabab Oman
Poland:-        Iskra
                    Dar Mlodziezy
                    Pogoria
Portugal:-      Sagres
Russia & Serbia:- Mir          
UK:-              Lord Nelson
                     Tenacious
                     Prince William
                     Grand Turk
                     Royalist
                     Phoenix
                     Will
                     Kitty
                     Prince William 
                     Pickle
                     Bessie Ellen
Uruguay:-       Captain Miranda
USA:-            Eagle
                     Pride of Baltimore
Further Images from the Event
(Copyright) International Festival of the Sea 2005  Anthony Smythe HRH Princess Royal - (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler 2005)
Badge on the side of the Ka-27
Helen McCarthy's boat - (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler 2005)
1234 Oryx aboard SAS Drakensburg (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler 2005) 36 Alouette III aboard PNS Tippu Sultan (copright Nigel R. Sadler 2005)
INS Mumbai Gangplank (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler 2005) Merlin HM.1 ZH836/268 814 Sqn - Fort Victoria - (Copyright Nigel R. Sadler)
To see some other images of the event visit http://russ-price.fotopic.net/c607442.html a fellow member
Navies would like to thank Kellie Hasbury (IFOS media team) for her help in the production of this article.

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