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40 years after the Falklands: what can the British armed forces still do?

40 years after the Falklands: what can the British armed forces still do?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has put defence spending back in the spotlight. April marks the 40 year anniversary of the Falklands War. The naval task force that set off on 5 April was a formidable one, and it marks the last significant conflict where British forces engaged an enemy alone. After 10 weeks of fighting, which was widely covered in the media, Argentine forces were repelled and the Union flag flew again over Port Stanley. 

Victory in the conflict allowed Britain to publicly show the world it was still a military power when it mattered. But four decades later, how have the British armed forces changed, for better and worse? Join us for a special ThinkIn where we explore military funding and the roles, responsibilities and capabilities of the UK as a military power.

editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

General Sir Christopher Deverell
Retired British Army Officer; served as Commander of the UK’s Joint Forces Command

Monty Halls
Broadcaster and Author of ‘Commando: The Inside Story of Britain’s Royal Marines’

Tony Hoare
Former SAS Trooper and Security Consultant. Author of ‘Born for war: one SAS Trooper’s Incredible Story of the Falklands’