THIS WEEK IN 1982: Admiral praises worker’s rush job

Against a spring sun filtering through a mackerel sky, HMS Invincible heads out of Portsmouth Harbour
Against a spring sun filtering through a mackerel sky, HMS Invincible heads out of Portsmouth Harbour
Health and safety approved: Alex Naylor as Nelson wearing  his life jacket on the Thames in 2004 to promote the following year's Trafalgar 200 events in Portsmouth. 'Picture: Steve Reid

NOSTALGIA: Battle of Trafalgar fought under health and safety rules of engagement

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Flag officer Portsmouth, rear-admiral Anthony Tippet, speaking on BBC Radio said: ‘I have unqualified admiration for the way everyone has pulled together.’

Dockyard workers and naval personnel worked non-stop to ensure the navy was prepared to meet the challenge in the Falklands.

‘I would like to pay tribute to all people concerned,’ said admiral Tippet. ‘Of course it is our job to make sure the navy is ready at any time to act in the national interest.’

He remained silent about what action the navy would consider.

‘I am not sure what the demands of this particular operation will be.’