Speak softly and carry a big stick (and even if the stick isn't that big, wave it like it is)
I've been stewing a bit, since I heard of the instant withdrawal from service of our force of Harrier aircraft. I was equally miffed when I waved goodbye to the last two HMS Ark Royal's, the big one, pictured above (or maybe its HMS Eagle - yes we had more than one) as well as the `mini-me` version recently. I am currently reading a fascinating book about the last major Op by the last fast jet squadron to operate from the former Ark Royal. It is a tale from the last days of `Empire` and a fine testament to our Naval aviators. This review does a much better job than I could.