FALKLANDS WAR 25 PART FIVE

We conclude our major series to mark the 25 anniversary of the conflict in the South Atlantic with a whole raft of fascinating features:

Canberra returns to Southampton from Falklands War.

Pictured: The liner Canberra returns to Southampton from the Falklands War.
Photo: Jonathan Eastland/AJAX.

LESSONS LEARNED?
Peter Hore & Iain Ballantyne consider the wider impact of the Falklands War and whether or not its lessons have been learned by the UK, which was once the world’s leading maritime power but in recent years appears to have forgotten the importance of sea power.

LESSONS NOT LEARNED...
The foundation of UK victory in the Falklands War 25 years ago was the ability of the Royal Navy to call on the support of a strong Merchant Navy, via either its sister service, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, or Ships Taken Up From Trade. Without such a fleet train, it would have been impossible for Britain to send its warships and troops to wage war 8,000 miles from home, where there was no major local support base. Here, Mike Barlow examines a shocking new report, which reveals how much the British merchant fleet has declined.