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    ON this day 38 years ago the Royal Navy suffered its heaviest loss of life during the Falklands Conflict as HMS Ardent was bombed while shielding Royal Marines landing at San Carlos.

    The day signalled the start of the ground campaign and Green Berets were being put ashore on the remote bay on East Falkland, 50 miles from the capital Stanley.

    The landings took the Argentinians by surprise initially, but once they awoke to the danger, they committed their aircraft against the invasion force in five days of ferocious attacks.

    A succession of direct hits and near misses left the Type 21 a blazing, twisted mess, each blow from the enemy bombs “as though a giant was holding the ship by the stern and whacking it down on the sea”, her CO Cdr Alan West – the future First Sea Lord – recalled.

    As valiantly as his sailors fought off the foe and tackled the flames, the future First Sea Lord was eventually forced to abandon ship, signalling to HMS Yarmouth: Take off my men.

    Twenty-two men died on HMS Ardent, while the frigate succumbed to her ‘wounds’ the next day.

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    HMS Forth honours 1982 heroes with anniversary tribute in the Falklands

    HMS Forth commemorated the sacrifices made 38 years ago to the day at the scene of the amphibious landings during the Falklands War of 1982.

    Under the cover of darkness on May 21, 1982, the British Amphibious Task Group advanced into San Carlos Bay, where soldiers and Royal Marines came ashore and the ground campaign to re-take the islands began.

    That attempt prompted an all-out response and frigates HMS Ardent and HMS Antelope were sank – the latter famously blew up as experts tried to defuse an unexploded bomb.

    On the 38th anniversary, Forth – the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel – followed in the wake of the heroes of that day to commemorate the sacrifices made.

    At anchor in San Carlos Bay – in the vicinity of the wreckage of HMS Antelope – Forth’s ship’s company took part in a poignant wreath-laying ceremony.

    https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-an...UQKHXIFhJHsjT4
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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