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  Our man in the Gulf: Getting ready for war
Updated 17 March 2003, 14.44
The Ark Royal
BBC reporter and ex-Newsround presenter Matthew Price is reporting from the aircraft carrier Ark Royal in the Gulf.

Matthew Price
Our reporter, Matthew Price
And he's writing a web diary for CBBC Newsround.

In his latest entry, he explains how the people on board the ship are getting ready for fighting to start.


Diary entry six

I've met some of the younger people on board Ark Royal like 19-year-old Frances Guy.

She's never been to sea for any length of time before this two-month voyage.

But like all the younger, less experienced members of the crew, Frances is talking to the older people on board - like Wayne Godden, who's been in the Navy for 23 years.


He's the ship's Chief Bosun's Mate, known as the Buffer. He is the ship's seamanship specialist and has served in many wars, like the Falklands and Yugoslavia.

"All I can do is tell them the truth," he said, talking about trying to reassure his younger crewmates. "But they are worried."

No one seems worried about being able to do their job though. They all say they've been well trained and are prepared for anything.

They know this is what they are paid to do, and all of them are telling me that when they are asked to do it, they will.

On board now there definitely seems to be a feeling we're about to go to war. We've had practice drills, and the captain today spoke to the crew again.

And he left no one in any doubt that war is around the corner, and at the end of speech he had a message for the crew, saying: "we will be fine."

Check out Matthew's next diary tomorrow!

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