In 1969 the Royal Navy was sent in force to Gibraltar. The Spanish were building up Naval forces in the bay, trying to pressurise Britain to repatriate the Rock. We were all fed up as we mistakenly thought, it would delay our paying off on the Aurora, and bugger up Christmas leave. Which was with end of commission leave, 57 days. Any how one day we sail out into the med and we were ordered to clear lower deck. When we gets up top, we are in company with the Blake and a couple of other ships, plus a Russian Trawler. Not knowing why we were there we were getting restless, when a plane starts coming towards, and we took it to be a buccaneer as they were always disturbing our sleep with them. I say to my oppo, "that plane looks like its stopped". "Yes hes parked up and having his sandwiches" comes the reply. Anyway to cut to the quip, this plane suddenly starts going downwards, and in-front of the gobsmacked host it lands on the arse end of Blake. This was Oct/Nov 1969. Yesterday I was trying to check the first deck landing and it comes up as 1978 on the Hermes. Bollix I cry and re googles. Same answer, so I am about to consign my puter to the back garden via the window, because fcuk it I was there. Then I notice something. The google I had entered was first deck landing FAA. Answer 1978 Hermes. First deck landing ever, HMS Blake, by an aircraft of .....................................the FCUKIN CRABS. B*stard. :twisted: 8O :cry: Edited to explain we are talking the first ever deck landing by a Harrier Jump Jet.