Updating british ships registration
Defence correspondents from The Times and The Guardian, when being given a tour of the carrier’s aft island – the rear of the two towers protruding above the ship’s main deck – spotted Windows XP apparently in the process of booting up on one of the screens in the flying control room, or Flyco.
“A computer screen inside a control room on HMS Queen Elizabeth was displaying Microsoft Windows XP – copyright 1985 to 2001 – when a group of journalists was given a tour of the £3 billion warship last week,” reported Deborah Haynes of The Times, accurately describing the copyright information on the XP loading screen.
Similarly, the Guardian’s Ewen Mac Askill (who also worked on the Edward Snowden NSA revelations in 2013) noted: “During a tour of the carrier, screens were spotted using what appeared to be the outdated 2001 Windows XP operating system.” The Ministry of Defence assured El Reg two years ago that the carrier would not be running XP, saying, when our eagle-eyed readers spotted the iconic XP default background on a techie’s laptop during a documentary about the ship: “The Mo D can confirm that Windows XP will not be used by any onboard system when the ship becomes operational,” adding that this applied to sister ship HMS Prince of Wales.
Today, however, one of the minions in the ministry’s inventively named Main Building told us: “While we don’t comment on the specific systems used by our ships and submarines, we have absolute confidence in the security we have in place to keep the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful ship safe and secure.”* The carrier’s Commander (Air) – head of flying, in naval parlance – Commander Mark Deller, evidently caught on the hop by the alert press pack, was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “The ship is well designed and there has been a very, very stringent procurement train that has ensured we are less susceptible to cyber than most.” “When you buy a ship,” added Cdr Deller, “you don’t buy it today, you bought it 20 years ago.
On the bright side, things could be worse aboard QE in software terms.
Vessel Type Where Built Port of Registry Search: Database Ship Registration (the documentation of ownership or title) was implemented in the late 18th Century to ensure that ships transporting goods in the British Empire were built and managed by British citizens, including citizens from the colonies.
The Yacht Registry of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) happens to be today’s most popular registry when it comes to Mega Yachts.
European yacht owners, will definitively play a wise move by registering in BVI, among the reasons that make it attractive are certain facts, like those vessels / yachts fly the Red Ensign BVI Flag, are entitled to the support of the British Consular and High Commission, and Royal Naval protection.
The database entries are in the original language of the data and were not translated.
Hand-written physical registers are often difficult to read, so the database may contain spelling variations or inaccuracies.