The Red Arrows will join Cunard's Three Ship Diamond Jubilee tribute to the Queen on Tuesday 5 June 2012. It will be the first-ever Red Arrows display over Southampton.
The world-famous Red Arrows will be an extra highlight of the Cunard's Three Queens Diamond Jubilee Event in Southampton to celebrate the 60 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign, on 5 June.
In what is expected to be the biggest celebration outside London over the extended bank holiday weekend, all three ships of the Cunard fleet will sail up the Solent in formation for the first time on the morning of 5 June, in preparation for a day of special tributes, celebrations and displays for the enjoyment of the ships’ passengers and residents of the city of Southampton and beyond. This will be the first time the aerial display team will have performed over Southampton and the Solent, with the action being focused above the Marchwood area of the docks.
Three Ships Arrival: 5.30am - 6.15am
Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will sail in single file to approach the port soon after dawn (4.55am), with firetugs and a flotilla of small boats expected to welcome them in. As Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria take a bow-to-bow position close to City Terminal, Queen Mary 2 will pass each ship in turn, creating a Three Bow formation, as crew line the foredecks, and the ships' whistles sound in salute.
Red Arrows Aerial Display: 6.20pm -6.45pm The Red Arrows will perform a full display over Southampton for the first time, flying over the length of the docks, with the focus over Marchwood Pier. Queen Mary 2 will be at Ocean Terminal, Queen Victoria at Mayflower Terminal and Queen Elizabeth at City Terminal.
Firework Spectacular: 10.20pm - 10.35pm approx Between 9pm and 10.15pm, the ships will reposition, creating a three ship formation around City Terminal. A stunning firework display fired from opposite City Terminal will light up the sky above the three ships as the climax to a very special day.
Three Ships Departure: 11pm approx The three ships are expected to sail from the City Terminal area by 11pm, with Queen Mary 2 leading Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as the day draws to a close.
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