Argentina Claims Air Attack on Aircraft Carrier HMS Invincible

On May 30, 1982, two Super Etendard aircraft from the Second Air Naval Fighter and Attack Squadron of the Argentine Navy and 4 Skyhawk A-4C aircraft from the Air Force Fighter Group 4 attacked the British ship, east of the Malvinas Islands. To fulfill the mission of attacking the aircraft carrier HMS “Invincible”, two planes from the Second Air Naval…

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Argentine Account of the Atlantic Conveyor Sinking

On May 25, 1982, at 4:32 p.m., two Exocet missiles were fired from Super Etendard aircraft, causing significant economic loss for the British. The operation began at 2:00 p.m. in Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego. Two Super Etendard planes from the Second Air Naval Fighter and Attack Squadron, piloted by Lieutenant Commander Roberto Curilovic and Lieutenant Julio Héctor Barraza, took off…

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HMS Sheffield’s Memory Lives on With Gleaming New Memorial

With water brought all the way from the ocean where their ship now rests, veterans of HMS Sheffield watched her memorial dedicated – 40 years to the day she was fatally attacked. Penny Salt, whose late husband Captain ‘Sam’ Salt commanded the destroyer, anointed the new £15,000 monument at the National Memorial Arboretum with South Atlantic sea water. The monument…

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Inspirational Engineer Lost on HMS Sheffield 40 Years Ago

Sailors at HMS Sultan today remember engineer and former instructor David Briggs whose death on HMS Sheffield inspired colleagues to save lives. It is 40 years to the day that the petty officer – known to friends as Basher – bravely led efforts to help shipmates out of acrid smoke-filled compartments of the destroyer as fire raged when she was…

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Glimpse of Formidable Frigate for Glasgow Falkland Veterans

Royal Navy sailors and BAE Systems apprentices recently welcomed Falkland veterans to BAE Systems’ Glasgow shipyard where the first Type 26 frigate, HMS Glasgow, is currently under construction. The 44 veterans, all of whom served on the previous HMS Glasgow which saw action during the Falklands, visited the shipyard on April 9, just days after the fortieth anniversary of the…

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Falklands Tug Honored with Repair Barge in Portsmouth

Falklands veterans spoke of their pride that an unsung workhorse of the 1982 conflict was formally honored in Portsmouth. Ocean-going tug RMAS Typhoon – crewed by a mix of civilians and Royal Navy personnel – performed numerous duties in the South Atlantic, from towing damaged/broken down vessels, to ferrying supplies and personnel around the task force. To mark the 40th…

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Memorial Events to Mark Falklands 40th Anniversary

Veterans of the Falklands campaign have until the end of April to register their interest in one of this year’s key 40th anniversary events. Four decades to the day that the fighting in the South Atlantic came to an end, the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield will be the setting for a ‘liberation day’ commemorative event, organized by the Royal…

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