Conference: The Falklands War Revisited

May 2022


Operation Corporate Commemoration Day
Saturday 9th July 2022
Royal Maritime Club, 85, Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS

In the South Atlantic autumn of 1982, the Royal Navy had to re-learn skills and improvise solutions to problems that had been thought irrelevant to a Cold War nuclear stand-off. It was an alarmingly close-run thing, but it worked. This day will take advantage of forty years’ perspective to explore the tactical, technological, and human aspects of a pivotal moment in post-WW2 British history.

10.00 Coffee and Registration
10.30 Keynote speaker: Paul Brown: Abandon Ship – The real story of the sinkings in the Falklands War
11.30 Questions
11.45 Tea and Coffee
12.00 Mark Brady: Forty-Three Bombardments – Naval gunfire support during the 1982 Falklands Campaign
12.45 Questions
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Victoria Woodman: In our own words – The experiences and memories of the wives of Falklands Royal Navy veterans
14.45 Questions
15.00 Tea and Coffee
15.15 John Bingeman: Lessons Learnt & the Corporate Legacy
16.00 Questions
16.15 Panel Discussion
16.45 Close

Dr Paul Brown is an author and speaker on naval history whose recent publications include The Portsmouth Dockyard Story and Abandon Ship – The Real Story of the Sinkings in the Falklands War. He grew up in a naval family in in Gosport and was a lecturer at the University of Northampton. Now retired, he lives in Northampton¬shire. He regularly speaks on maritime history aboard cruise ships.

Lieutenant Commander Mark Brady BSc (Soc Sci) MSc RN joined the Staff of the UK Commanders-in-Chief Committee (UKCICC) on 14th June 1982 and saw all three services’ ‘CORPORATE Lessons Learned’ papers. His enthusiasm for history prompted him to research naval gunfire support during the campaign – an area in which the RN had once been very proficient but tended to overlook for some years prior to the Falklands conflict.

Dr Victoria Woodman completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Portsmouth on the experiences of Falklands naval wives. She has previously taught A level History and Politics at a local college and lectured at the University on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She currently works for the Office of National Statistics on their social surveys. Victoria also volunteers for the Royal British Legion and Veterans Outreach Support.
Commander John Bingeman, CEng, MIMechE, FSNR, RN served in the Directorate of Naval Warfare (DNW) during Operation Corporate. He was one of the duty officers manning the DNW desk in the Whitehall Operations Room in the MoD main building throughout the campaign. His responsibility was ships’ damage control.


Portsmouth Harbour Station and The Hard transport interchange are about five minutes’ walk to the Club. Parking is available nearby as follows:
• All-day parking vouchers can be purchased from Reception at £4.50 for use in JA zone streets.
• Wickham Street car park £1 per hour. (5 minutes walk).
• Historic Dockyard car park across the road from the Club in Admiralty Road 6 hrs. £7
• Havant Street car park all day £12. (5 minutes walk).

SNR(South) Members: £40.

To register for the conference please email or call 02392 831 461 with any queries.


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