Tributes paid to Portsmouth admiral and Falklands hero

Sir Jeremy Black, pictured as''HMS Invincible left Portsmouth for the last time in March 2011 to be scrapped
Sir Jeremy Black, pictured as''HMS Invincible left Portsmouth for the last time in March 2011 to be scrapped
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a distinguished naval officer who led the British charge during the Falklands war.

Admiral Sir Jeremy Black has died, aged 83.

As the commanding officer of HMS Invincible he played a crucial role in the conflict to liberate the Falklands.

He had only been in command of the Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier for three months when he was called to sail to the Falklands on April 3, 1982.

Over the next few weeks, Admiral Black and Invincible became the backbone of the naval task force which retook the Falkland Islands.

Rear-Admiral John Lippiett, the former chief executive of Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Trust, served with Admiral Black on HMS Fife, and said: ‘I regard him as the finest commanding officer I have ever served under.

‘He is someone I have admired for nearly 40 years.

‘He had a wonderful sense of humour and was wonderful with all officers and ship’s company.

‘He was much-loved and will be missed by many.’

Admiral Black’s final role was as the former Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command at Admiralty House, in Portsmouth.

He is survived by his wife Pamela and three children.