THEY may be helping to lead the nation’s biggest warship ever made.
But these quiz-loving sailors are hoping their general knowledge won’t leave them adrift at sea on national television.
The team of five naval officers from aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth are appearing on ITV quiz show, Tenable, hosted by Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, on Monday.
Launched this month, the programme sees contestants tackling ‘top 10’ questions, naming anything from the 10 most populated cities in Europe, to the best-selling Madonna singles.
And the gang of experienced sailors were one of the game show’s newest hopefuls looking to scoop a cash prize.
Made up of Commander Steve Prest, Lieutenant Commander Bob Hawkins, Lieutenant Commander Grahame ‘Guns’ Flint, Lieutenant Commander Craig Blackburn and Lieutenant Hazelle ‘Bombs’ Garton.
Cdr Prest, 40 – who lives in Lee-on-the-Solent – was team captain.
The dad of one said: ‘We sent through the application but never thought we would get on. We were all excited by it.
‘But I think that there was a little trepidation as well. The last thing we wanted to do was look like idiots on national TV.’
As well as answering questions on the top 10 best-selling ale brands in the UK to the top 10 classical composers, the team used it as a chance to talk about the new 65,000-tonnes aircraft carrier, set to come to Portsmouth next year.
Lt Cdr Hawkins is the oldest member of the ship’s company and has just become a grandfather after 39 years in the Royal Navy.
He said the squad’s aim was to win enough money to help improve the mess area of the ship, which will see the crew move into early next year.
The 56-year-old dad of four, of Old Portsmouth, is a Star Wars fan and was thrilled to meet Warwick, who has had roles in the films.
Speaking of meeting Warwick, he added: ‘It was a hugely enjoyable day. Us navy blokes don’t get starstruck by anyone. But he was a really nice guy.’
To see how the sailors did, tune into ITV1 at 3pm on Monday.