HMS Centaur (R06) and her Sea Venom air wing - Aden 1959. The same year she was hired for the parts of HMS Victorious and Ark Royal during the making of the film Sink the Bismarck!. Three restored swordfish biplanes were flown from her deck and scenes shot on the bridge of the carrier, and in the aircrew briefing room.

Three ships have held a simultaneous Replenishment at Sea in the Gulf of Oman in a highly complex manoeuvre during which they could be no more than fifty metres apart.

Images PO(Phot) Ray Jones

‘The timing is not unhelpful. We could  have decided to call it off or divert it  away from Gibraltar to avoid offending  the Spanish. But there was absolutely no question of that.’

Great Britain, pissing Spain off since 1713