This painting was commissioned by the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Wardroom to mark the 70th anniversary of its commissioning as HMS SEAHAWK on 17th April 1947. The painting also reflects two other milestones for 2017; the commissioning of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and return of Carrier Air Power to the Royal Navy and Great Britain and secondly marking the centenary of the first deck landing on HMS FURIOUS by Squadron Commander Edwin Dunning DSC of the Royal Naval Air Service on 2nd August 1917. The painting shows Dunning’s Sopwith Pup at the aft end of the flight deck, accompanied by twenty-six iconic fixed and rotary wing aircraft that have served the Fleet Air Arm over the intervening century in numerous conflicts and often just as dangerous ‘everyday’ task of taking off and landing from a moving deck at sea, by day and night. The flight deck is packed with fixed wing aircraft including Swordfish, Sea Fury, Sea Vixen, Buccaneer, Sea Harrier and Lightning launching off the ramp. The Plane Guard/Anti-Submarine Warfare rotary in the port wait range from Dragonfly, Wessex, Wasp, Sea King to Merlin and Wildcat; the Airborne Early Warning starboard wait from Skyraider and Gannet, to Sea King and Crowsnest.