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Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach (born 1923) is a former First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ...

Sir Henry Leach was First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff between 1979 and 1982. He was the professional head of the Royal Navy at the time of the Falklands War and was instrumental in convincing the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that retaking the islands was possible. The First Sea Lord is the senior admiral and professional head of the British Royal Navy. ... Chief of the Naval Staff is the professional head of the Royal Navy and is more commonly known as the First Sea Lord. ... The Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas), was a war between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands (also known in Spanish as the Islas Malvinas) and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, between March and June of 1982. ... The Right Honourable Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925), is a British stateswoman. ...

Sir Henry Leach joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1937 at the age of 13, following in the footsteps of his father. In 1941, as a Midshipman he was assigned to HMS Prince of Wales, however before he could take up post on board, his father, Captain John Leach was given command. As a result he was reassigned to HMS Mauritius. HMS Prince of Wales was sunk by the Japanese off Singapore, his father one of the many casualties. 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the fishes called midshipman, see Midshipman fish In the navies of English-speaking countries, a midshipman is a subordinate officer, or a commissioned officer of the lowest rank. ... Seven ships of the British Royal Navy have been named HMS Prince of Wales, after the Prince of Wales. ... HMS Mauritius is a ship of the Royal Navy and is named after Mauritius (a former British possession). ...

On 31st March 1982, soon after the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands, he brushed aside serious doubts from the Secretary for Defence Sir John Nott, and marched into visit the Prime Minister in full uniform. He was asked if retaking the islands was possible, he replied "Yes we can recover the islands." He then added "and we must!" Thatcher replied "Why?" he replied "because if we don’t do that, in a few months we will be living in a different country whose word will count for little!" This pleased Thatcher who then proceeded to give the order for the task force to set sail to retake the Falklands.

The Falklands campaign was successful, in no small part, thanks to Sir Henry Leach among others. He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet upon retirement in late 1982. Admiral of the Fleet is a supreme naval position that has existed in historical navies and still exists in several modern-day navies. ...

The new (2004) Fleet Headquarters building of the Royal Navy at Whale Island, Portsmouth was named the "Henry Leach Building" in his honour. This article is about the English city of Portsmouth. ...

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