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Posted on Wednesday 30th May

An iconic member of the Royal Navy's fleet, HMS Illustrious, celebrates her 30th birthday today, having been commissioned in a ceremony at sea in June 1982 en route to the Falklands in the aftermath of the conflict.

The crew of the helicopter and commando carrier, nicknamed 'Lusty', will celebrate the day in Portsmouth with a ceremonial parade on the Victory Jetty in Portsmouth Naval Base, in the presence of the ship's sponsor, Lady Sarah Chatto (daughter of the late HRH Princess Margaret) and former commanding officers including the current First Sea Lord.

Families and friends of Lusty's crew and representatives of some of the ship's affiliated charities and community organizations will also attend the event, which will conclude with a flypast from the Royal Navy Historic Flight.




Further Reading

Invasion 1982

Only £19.99

Invasion 1982

(Hardback - 256 pages)
by Graham Bound

Falkland Islanders were the first British people to come under enemy occupation since the Channel Islanders during the Second World War. This book tells how islanders' warnings were ignored in London, how their slim defences gave way to a massive invasion, and how they survived occupation. While some established a cautiously pragmatic modus vivendi with the occupiers, some Islanders opted for active resistance. Others joined advancing British troops, transporting ammunition and leading men to the… Read more...


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