Update: Operations Councillor to Robson, the British Eastern Fleet

While the British Pacific Fleet is often called the 'Forgoten Fleet', it is the operations that led up to its formation that have truly been lost to history.

Once USS Saratoga departed in early 1944, it was up to HMS Illustrious and her colleagues - freshly arriving from Europe - to re-learn the lost art of RN multi-carrier operations and 'get up to speed' to serve alongside the USN in the Pacific.

It was not a process without incident or hurdle - not least among them having to come to grips with the limitations of the Fairy Barracuda.

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