On May 6, 1983 Sub Lieutenant Ian "Soapy" Watson was operating off the coast of Portugal. Watson was launched in a pair of aircraft tasked with locating a French aircraft carrier under combat conditions including radio silence and radar switched off. "Soapy" was a junior Royal Navy Pilot undertaking his first NATO exercise. His INS failed and he could not find or contact the carrier.
As his Sea Harrier began to run out of fuel, Watson vectored the aircraft Eastbound towards the closest commercial shipping lane, and made radar contact with a surface vessel at 50 miles. At 12 miles he made visual contact with a ship. It was a container ship called, Alraigo. Sub-Lt. Watson affected a safe landing on top of the cargo containers. Unable to secure the aircraft, it rolled backwards due to sea swell and crushed a van parked on the deck.