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HMS Hermes sails

View looking aft down HMS HERMES' flight deck as she sails from Portsmouth for the South Atlantic in April 1982. Five Sea Harrier FRS1 of No 800 Squadron Fleet Air Arm are visible on the crowded flight deck.
At the time of sailing, the ships company had not had time to organise the stowing of aircraft or supplies.

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My old neighbour was on her at this time. He provided food for the wardroom, I believe. He was brilliant at making special occasion cakes.
 

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An amazing ship, by the time they had commenced the land assault, she had steamed the equivalent mileage of a cir***navigation of the globe since she had sailed from Pompey without any major machinery failures in her steam plant, much of that distance covered was at high speed - not bad for an old lady. Testament to her builders and her engineers.
 

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Looking behind her in the background, RH side of the image, there is a Harrier in the hover. Does anybody who was there remember what was happening? Was it a Sea Harrier, or maybe an RAF aircraft putting on a display for the crowds?
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This'll be slightly before she sailed i reckon littoralcombat. One of the many Sea Harriers that flew to Portsmouth Harbour to join her. They used to make an amazing sight and noise heading through the narrow entrance.
 

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A time when we had political leadership and a belief in our own abilities
 

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I reckon you are correct Tom and Jenxy, noting that the Sea Harriers are ranged slightly differently than as viewed from the Bridge in the actual 'departure' image.
Nige
 

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