World’s largest warships
This month sees the arrival into Marseille of one of the world’s largest warships. It’s over 1000 feet long, displaces more than 100,000 tons and is powered by 2 nuclear reactors – it can operate for 20 years without refuelling.
It arrives from a 6 month tour of duty in the Persian Gulf where it has been monitoring Libyan airspace. It has 6000 service personnel on board along with 60 fighter aircraft and helicopters.
This massive ship, you will be happy to hear, will not be coming into the Vieux Port but into the cruise-ship docks where it will stay from 25th-29th November. Hats off from me for the person who parks it! It should be an impressive sight.
This info is given to you by http://aixcentric.com
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The sun is out, bank holidays are in, we all want to go and explore, although this can sometimes be ruined by the dreaded mistral (p14). But let’s not spoil things. How about a visit to St Jean du Fos (p20) or if you’re feeling more urban, a nice shopping day in Avignon with a healthy tea break (p23) or a visit to an art gallery in Nîmes? (p17) If you’re feeling extra energetic like me, how about entering the Pont du Gard race on 30 June to raise money for a fantastic local charity? Also in this issue, the remarkable story of a simulated space mission by Claire (p18) and a very funny article by Bernice on her pathological inability (or so she says) to learn languages (p22).