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I N T R O D U C T I O N
In the Royal Navy there is one accolade for a ship which is prized by those who serve in her more than any other, that is that she is a happy ship. Throughout my time onboard this has applied to HMS BROADSWORD Wherever we have been, whoever has visited us, the reaction has been the same; the ship's welcome has been warm and friendly, and there is an obvious team spirit.
It was this spirit that more than any other quality showed itself during Operation Corporate. Each worked for the other and together we worked for the common good of the Task Force. We have every right to be well satisfied and proud of what was achieved and our part in it.
This book is a brief reminder of those days together and is dedicated to those who are responsible for a happy ship; those who serve in her. For me also, it will serve as a most happy reminder of my last months in the Service; I could not have asked for any more fulfilling way of completing 34 years in the Royal Navy. Thank you all, and your families, for your unswerving support.