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From the Dockyard to the Scrapyard

Last Wednesday I was tasked by BBC News to cover the final departure of the Royal Navy Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious from her home port of Portsmouth as she sets off for a scrapyard in Turkey. She has been sold for a measly 2 million pounds and will follow the fate of her two sister ships and be broken up for scrap metal. Here is a mixture of photos, screen grabs and our edited news piece from that day on the Dock wall. A sad but proud day for British Military history, but a big look forward to the new Carriers coming online… Hope to be filming the news on those soon.

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Getting up super early has its perks…
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Setting up one of my GoPro Hero 5’s for that extra wide shot of the ship as she passes.
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First glimpse of her being towed around the corner.
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Looking rather sad, stripped of all her former glory.
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The sun was in the perfect place to get a silouette shot of the ship in the distance.
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Interviewing the ship’s last captain… This interview we didn’t actually use in our final piece.

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Screen grab.
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Jonny and I editing a Radio piece for the 1800 radio 4 news.
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Editing for the One.

Correspondent Jonny Beale, Producer Jon Ironmonger and I edited a full 2.27 minute long VT for the One o’clock news and a 1800 radio piece for the story.

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