Some belated information. Chatham Navy Days was revived 29-31 May 1999. My company was contracted by the Historic Dockyard to create/organise all the water based aspects and aerial displays. There were considerable logistical problems arising from the fact that Chatham had not been a naval base since 1984 and many of the essential facilities had long since disappeared, but nonethless we assembled 11 warships from 7 different navies, plus the world's largest tallship (the Russian 'Sedov') and 4 hours of displays each day on the water and in the air. Over 130,000 visitors attended and it was a great success. There were hiccups - the Argentinian navy offered to send a warship as a 'gesture of reconciliation' that created much furore, prompted by a former mayor who had served in the Royal Navy during the Falklands campaign . We felt it prudent not to accept the Argentinian offer....but we did have two ships from the German Navy! The Historic Dockyard repeated the event in the subsequent three years, but sadly they were but a shadow of 1999 (my company wasn't involved with them!) and the event was discontinued. It's interesting to note that Navy Days were held annually at Portsmouth until 1999, when they attracted only 50,000 visitors. Meanwhile that year the first 'International Festival of the Sea' (IFOS) maritime event with heritage vessels. tallships etc, at Bristol attracted nearly ½ million visitors. In 2003 the navy hosted IFOS at Portsmouth which, combined with elements of 'Navy' Days secured nearly 1 million visitors. Repeated in 2005, and further enhanced by the Nelson bicentenary, they achieved over 1 million visitors, with another 500m watching on TV worldwide!