PICTURES: Ex-paras reunite for Airborne Forces Day parade at HMS Excellent

Scores of veterans celebrated Airborne Forces day during a parade at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115322006
Scores of veterans celebrated Airborne Forces day during a parade at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115322006

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Veterans celebrated Airborne Forces Day last Saturday with a commemorative parade at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth.

Dozens of ex-servicemen enjoyed reminiscing with families and former comrades about their careers in the Parachute Regiment at the stone frigate on Whale Island.

Dozens of ex-servicemen enjoyed reminiscing with families and former comrades about their careers in the Parachute Regiment. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115633006

Dozens of ex-servicemen enjoyed reminiscing with families and former comrades about their careers in the Parachute Regiment. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115633006

Read our full report from Airborne Forces Day here.

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Major General Chip Chapman inspects the parade. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115525006

Major General Chip Chapman inspects the parade. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115525006

Scores of veterans joined in the parade at HMS Excellent. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115502006

Scores of veterans joined in the parade at HMS Excellent. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115502006

Left to right, Ivor Maddock, Alan Keen, Bob Ball, and Henry Fitzpatrick.
 Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115058006

Left to right, Ivor Maddock, Alan Keen, Bob Ball, and Henry Fitzpatrick. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-115058006

Left to right, Belgian veterans Christian Van Vebut and Johnny Willems.
 Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-114956006

Left to right, Belgian veterans Christian Van Vebut and Johnny Willems. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-114956006

Crowds of families gathered to watch the HMS Excellent parade. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-114901006

Crowds of families gathered to watch the HMS Excellent parade. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-114901006

Left to right, Alf Brandreth and Tony Lyngham.
 Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-114804006

Left to right, Alf Brandreth and Tony Lyngham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170755-1) PPP-170907-114804006