HMS Hermes Returns to Portsmouth

Today in 1982, HMS Hermes returns to Portsmouth after serving as flagship of the British taskforce, during the Falklands War.

Below are some of the images taken at the time.

An all-services salute including flypasts from RAF Harriers, Army Lynx helicopters and a naval Hunter training squadron accompanied the ageing ship as it cruised into port.

Flanked by a flotilla of smaller boats, Hermes replied with a 17-gun national salute, usually reserved for foreign visits.


After being sold to India in 1986, the vessel was recommissioned and remained in service with the Indian Navy as INS Viraat until 2017. A crowdfunding campaign failed to preserve the ship as a museum piece.

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