First Sea Lord recalls Falklands

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THE National Museum of the Royal Navy is building a new exhibition called HMS – Hear My Story.

In support of Armed Forces Day, it is posting a different memory of the armed forces every day this month.

MEMORIES Admiral Sir Jonathon Band

MEMORIES Admiral Sir Jonathon Band

Today, former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, shares his memories of the Falklands.

He said: ‘I was working with the commander in chief, Sir John Fieldhouse, as his flag lieutenant, so my memories really are about the strategic aspect of the campaign.

‘I have some amazing memories like being the viewgraph operator when the landing plan was briefed to the Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher.

‘I remember her visits to Northwood, I remember trying to get over to civilian politicians the reality of war.

‘What we were being asked to do was doable but it had risks.

‘I remember all that and that was a very useful memory when I was subsequently the UK’s naval commander in chief and had to give advice to government for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.’

For more information about the exhibition, visit nmrn.org.uk.

n To watch a video of Admiral Sir Jonathon Band recalling his Falklands experience, visit portsmouth.co.uk/video.