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City marks Falklands anniversary
The QE2 transported troops to the South Atlantic in 1982
A series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict has taken place in Southampton.

A lunch for Falklands veterans was followed by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque on the QE2, which set sail from the city as a troop ship.

The port of Southampton played a key role in supporting the task force which sailed to the Falkland Islands in 1982.

The QE2 took 5 Infantry Brigade - the Scots Guards, Welsh Guards and Gurkhas - to the South Atlantic.

Southampton Mayor Stephen Barnes-Andrews said: "We are proud to be hosting a series of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the conflict, and to honour the islanders and the servicemen and women who fought for their liberation."

A commemoration service has also been held on Ascension Island which was used as a staging post for the task force.

Following the conflict, the British South Atlantic territory's role was described by Ministry of Defence officials as "crucial".

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