Falklands 30 - On this day - April 17, 1982

An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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ON April 17 1982, naval commander-in-chief Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse chaired a conference at the British South Atlantic dependency of Ascension Island to set out detailed plans for retaking the Falkland Islands by force.

The plan for the war, code-named Operation Corporate, was drawn up with the naval Task Force commander Admiral Sandy Woodward and 3 Commando Brigade commander Brigadier Julian Thompson. The main Task Force had started sailing south from Ascension Island. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Alexander Haig presented the Argentine junta with five-point peace plan which was debated by Argentine service councils.