Navy

Falklands conflict remembered at the home of naval aviation

A Somerset oak tree was planted and blessed during the service at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.

A parade and tree-planting ceremony helped Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.

Serving personnel, Falklands' veterans and relatives of those who were deployed to the South Atlantic were in attendance at the home of naval aviation.

Four decades ago, 126 aircraft and 1,400 personnel from RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset set off on the 8,000-mile voyage to the South Atlantic on Operation Corporate, to liberate the Falkland Islands.

Twelve sailors and Royal Marines from the Somerset base died in the conflict.

An avenue of 12 hornbeam trees and a Portland stone memorial commemorates their loss, alongside the sports pitches at the air station.

A Somerset oak tree was blessed during the service, one of 40 trees planted on the base, as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Green Canopy, and an enduring memorial to the 40th anniversary of the conflict.

The service also marked the anniversary of the deadly attacks on HMS Coventry and Atlantic Conveyor by the Argentinian air force, resulting in the loss of lives and a major ship and key logistical asset to the UK forces, as well as 10 helicopters.

Head to our Falklands 40 page, where you can find our memorial wall, as well as more Falklands stories, videos and podcasts.