It was a great chance to get everyone together to recognise a significant event in the specialisation’s history.

WO1 Mick Turnbull

Speaking after the dinner he said, “It was a great chance to get everyone together to recognise a significant event in the specialisation’s history and the night was well attended by available WO&SR ACs. 

“It was a fantastic evening, and everyone enjoyed the opportunity for good food and company on board the First Sea Lord’s Flagship.”

Past, present and future Warrant Officers and Senior Rates toasted the specialisation’s anniversary in the company of guest of honour WO1 Nick Sharland RN and also took the opportunity to mark the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Taranto - the first carrier-launched air strike against an enemy fleet.

On the night of 11/12 November 1940, twenty-one Swordfish torpedo bombers from the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm took off from the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to attack Italy’s battle fleet, anchored in Taranto Harbour.

The raid was hailed a success (despite two Swordfish being shot down, the loss of two lives and two other aircrew being captured) and changed the face of naval warfare for ever.

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