In all we could see 15, dotted along the horizon. An eerie sight, just sitting here, waiting.
We lugged our gear - and there is a lot of it! - up to the flight deck.
We stood back as a helicopter landed on the ship. Then it was off across the two miles of sea to Ark Royal.
What it's like on board
It is a floating town.
Instead of streets they number the alleyways with letters and numbers.
I'm staying in a cabin with eleven others at 5P1.
And on board there are hundreds of men and women.
All of them waiting - as the world is - to see if war will happen.
Check out Matthew's first impressions of life on board tomorrow!