And we remember, Sheffield

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On this day in 1982, the Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield (D80) sank after damage incurred from an Argentine air attack on 4 May 1982 during Falklands War. The ship sank at 53°04′S, 56°56′W on 10 May 1982, the first Royal Navy vessel sunk in action since World War II.

Twenty of her crew died as a result of the attack, delivered by a French-built Exocet missile from a two Super Étendard sortie launched from Tierra del Fuego.

A cara cara bird perches atop the remote memorial to the 21 men of HMS Sheffield

A cara cara bird perches atop the remote memorial to the 21 men of HMS Sheffield

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One response to “And we remember, Sheffield”

  1. mypgems says :

    As the crew. and later the crew of HMS Coventry, waited to abandon ship they sang ‘Always Looking on the Bright Side of Life’ from ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’.

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