''The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war,no matter how justified,shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation'' --George Washington--
Monday, 21 July 2014
HMS HERMES RETURNS FOR THE FALKLANDS WAR
On this day, the 21st of July 1982: Homecoming for HMS Hermes
The flagship of the British taskforce to the Falklands, HMS Hermes, has arrived back in Portsmouth.
Thousands of relatives and friends crowded the dockside to welcome home the 1,700 crew, Royal Marines and survivors of the destroyed HMS Sheffield.
Several babies born during the conflict will be meeting their fathers, uncles and brothers for the first time.
The aircraft carrier - named after the winged messenger of Greek gods - began its 8,000-mile mission 108 days ago on 5 April.
An all-services salute including flypasts from RAF Harriers, Army Lynx helicopters and a naval Hunter training squadron accompanied the ageing ship as it cruised into port.
Flanked by a flotilla of smaller boats, Hermes replied with a 17-gun national salute, usually reserved for foreign visits.