From the left is HMS Invincible, outboard is HMS Ark Royal and on the right HMS Illustrious.Â Invincible was in commission from 1980 to 2005, Illustrious from 1982 to 2014, and Ark Royal from 1985 to 2011.
'¢ ManyÂ might rememberÂ Foudroyant when she was berthed in Portsmouth Harbour or took part in aÂ youth training schemeÂ on board.
Many thinkÂ she was part of Nelson's fleet. However,Â she was not launched until 1817, as a frigate inÂ Bombay. She was called HMS Trincomalee and before seeing any action theÂ NapoleonicÂ WarÂ ended and she was surplus to requirements. She was towed to Portsmouth where she stayedÂ until 1847. For the next 50Â years she was part of the fleet. InÂ 1897 she was sold for breaking.
Nelson's FoudroyantÂ was later used as a training shipÂ and wrecked off Blackpool.Â Trincomalee was bought from the breakers as a replacement, renamed, and for the next 90Â years was a youth training ship.Â In 1987Â she was taken to Hartlepool where a Â£5mÂ restoration began renaming her HMS Trincomalee. The result is the marvellous ship on display in Hartlepool today.Â
'¢Â There is an internet site called Reel Streets in which stills from hundreds of films are retaken in modern times. One set I want to take is from the film made locally in 1955 called The Cockleshell Heroes.Â OneÂ I want to retake is this street scene where Captain Thompson (Trevor Howard) takes Marine Ruddock (David Lodge) to Ruddock's home where he catches his wife with another man and a fight begins. Anyone recognise it?
'¢Â As we know, behind every successful man is a woman, and the woman behind the scenes of the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review was Margaret Paffett.
Captain Gordon Walwyn, who organised the event, had his wife Wendy to support him throughout his naval career but for the review he needed a great secretary. He says: '˜I was in need of secretarial support from day one. The dockyard secretariat came to my rescue and seconded a young shorthand typist, Margaret Paffett. I was told she could stayÂ for three weeks.Â
'MargaretÂ immediately adapted to her unique post. She was the best PAÂ anyone could wish for. Her shorthand was perfect and her typing faultless and she appeared to love the position. I soon asked, or rather pleaded, with the authorities, to let her stay for the entire review, which they did.Â My planning team was small but Margaret was a key member.'
Margaret,Â now Margaret Jefferies,Â Â livesÂ at The Lane, Southsea.