Remember the Falklands
Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th May 2012
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Royal Navy, with the support of BAE Systems, will be hosting a weekend of free events to commemorate the Naval and local contribution to the Falkland Island conflict 30 years ago, with displays and the opportunity to visit HMS Dragon and HMS York.
Living history static displays will provide visitors with a balanced view of events 30 years ago and enable them to experience first-hand accounts of Portsmouth’s contribution to the conflict. There will also the Band of HM Royal Marines, Collingwood performing in Victory Arena.
Across the weekend, Nicci Pugh – Senior Nursing Officer for the Queen’s Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service (Naval Nursing Sister), who served on The Hospital Ship Uganda, will give two talks. “A British Hospital Ship at War” and “White Ships With Red Crosses”. She will also have copies of her 3rd revised special edition book to commemorate the anniversary “White Ship Red Crosses” available to look through. The 1st edition was launched onboard HMS Warrior 1860 in 2010.
The history group Forces 80 will be in uniform (Naval and Argentinean), displaying infantry kit and numerous (deactivated) weapons and will set up a command post with documents, radios and Falkland’s maps. They take a hands-on history approach under supervision and are keen to chat to visitors and explain their units such as Sir Galahad (Welsh Guards) and HMS Sheffield (Royal Navy).
Royal Navy Ships – Open to Visitors 10am – 3.30pm
There will also be the opportunity to compare old with new by exploring a Type 42 and Type 45 destroyer and meeting the ship’s staff. HMS Dragon is the fourth of the Navy’s six £1bn Type 45 destroyers. After arriving in her home base of Portsmouth she was easily recognised by the red dragons on her bow – put there in celebration of her name by the ship builder.
For further visiting information please visit www.historicdockyard.co.uk or call 023 9283 9766
She was launched 17 November 2008 by her Lady Sponsor – Mrs Susie Boissier. The ship returned successful from her first period of contractor sea trials in early December 2010 during which time her propulsion systems were put through their paces and combat systems tested. She is expected to join the Fleet in spring 2012.
HMS York is Britain’s youngest Type 42 destroyer – and also the fastest (over 34 knots to be precise – just short of 40mph). Launched in 1982 and accepted into service in March 1985, the ship celebrated 25 years in service in 2010. The spring of her birthday year was spent in the Falklands – a busy deployment that saw her travel more than 25,000 nautical miles.