posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 11:57 AM
Could it be anything to do with this.
Stacy Davis Reporting
Royal Navy Visits Hampton Roads
Your NewsChannel 3's Stacy Davis
(Hampton Roads, VA, May 28th, 2004, 7:24 a.m.) They've been our closest allies in the war on terror. And Thursday they announced they're sending
more troops to Iraq. But over the next two days, Britain will also be landing thousands of troops here in Hampton Roads.
Military reporter Stacy Davis has more on this "British Invasion." From a distance, it looks like any other gray U.S. Navy ship. But take a closer
look, these are no Americans. They're commandos and sailors of the British Royal Navy onboard her majesty's ship Albion. Colonel. Jeremy Robbins,
Deputy Landing Force Commander tells us, "We probably look a little different, we've got different uniforms, we speak differently, but I like to
think we've got the same ethics that bind us all with the professional approach we take to the profession of arms." The profession of arms will
bring 19 foreign ships to Hampton Roads.
Over the next few weeks they'll be practicing war fighting with the U.S., storming the beaches of camp Lejeune North Carolina. But its not the first
time the Union Jack has flown into our area. And its not just for exercises with their favorite ally, our staunchest supporter in the war on terror.
But talk of war will be put aside at least for memorial day weekend. These Brits will be getting a taste of Tidewater. Rhiannom Clegg of the HMS
Albion says she will be doing plenty of shopping while they are here as well as enjoying the nice weather. For hundreds of years they ruled the ocean,
but today the Royal Navy says it stands in awe of the U.S., happy to share the blue with the red, white and blue.
"We like to think we started it off, we've had 800 years start on the U.S. Navy and frankly wherever there's water in the world hope you'll find a
British person afloat on it." comments one sailor. There is another difference between our navies. The Brits can drink beer aboard their ships! Each
sailor is allowed two cans a day and the female sailors can choose wine if they wish.