Posted on Friday 23 July 2021
Maintaining our connection with the ‘largest Wardroom afloat’ – here’s the sixth in our exclusive series, Views from the Fleet Flagship, coordinated by our Trustee onboard, Lieutenant Samuel Williams and focusing on Lieutenant Liam Bair, pictured below.
What is your role onboard?
I am one of the Weapon Engineer Officers onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth. My day to day role sees me ensuring that the ship’s weapons and sensors are maintained to a high standard and can support the warfare department’s ability to fight the ship. I’m also part of the management team and provide day to day engineering assurance. When not at work I unwind by reading, researching the latest military technology and exercising.
What has the ship been up to in the last fortnight?
The last two weeks onboard have seen the ship undergo the first SUEZ canal transit carried out by a Royal Navy Carrier since 2014 (HMS Illustrious en route to the Philippines to deliver aid). After that, the ship began its 1000 mile journey heading East across the Indian Ocean allowing for consolidation of training in the Mediterranean and slower paced routines. Highlights have included getting on the upper deck in the sunshine to complete circuits and offering a morale boost to ship’s company. Stargazing was also an option for those that wished to see the stars at night with no light pollution for around 200 miles.