I made a point of taking this picture during a particularly cold horrible time in the Arctic doing the then usual 3 month ASW trawl for Soviet submarines, often in company with a poor Towed array Leander. It managed to keep the rose tinted memories at bay!
814 squadron Mk5 Sea Kings.
October 1985 onboard Illustrious, two Sea king helicopters got into difficulty simultaneously, however one was south the other north of mother, after the first ASW mk5 was recovered safely we about turned and pushed at full speed to meet the 849 squadron AEW aircraft, unfortunately she ran out of fu
Returning to Portsmouth after a day at sea off the South Coast.
Ordered: 14 May 1976
Builder: Swan Hunter, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Laid down: 7 October 1976
Launched: 14 December 1978
Sponsored by: Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
Commissioned: 20 June 1982
Image taken onboard Illustrious at midnight very north and left a bit during anti submarine work in 1985
The wet deck effect is due to de-icer, you dare not touch anything metal for fear of becoming a flight deck fixture! 814 squadron had 8 Sea King Mk5 constantly rippled to maintain three airbourne
HMS Illustrious cutting through the water at speed to enable aircraft to land on her deck. This WWII photo( taken in the period 1940-1942) was taken just after a Swordfish had made a landing. The deck crew are taking it to the forward lift.