Between 19th-29th November, 17 veterans and serving personnel trekked 75 miles from Port San Carlos to Port Stanley. Organised by The Not Forgotten Association to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War, and partly funded by The Royal Marines Charity, the trip was the NFA’s flagship action challenge for 2017.
The group consisted of 8 members of SAMA82, all veterans of the Falklands War, a further 7 veterans of various conflicts – including Northern Ireland, Aden, Oman, Iraq and Afghanistan – and 2 injured serving personnel from the Royal Marines and The Household Cavalry. NFA Chief Executive, Brigadier (Retd) James Stopford CBE, NFA Head of Events, Rosie Thompson, and medic Dr John Kay acted as the support group. Following the footsteps of the British Forces during the Falklands conflict, the team climbed several landmarks including Longdon, Two Sisters, Mount Harriet and Tumbledown – sites on which several of the veterans had fought during the 1982 campaign. (Cobseo, 1st December 2017)