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Falklands War/Guerra de las Malvinas, 2.4.1982 - 20.4.1982
South Georgia Invasion 3.4.
Bahia Buen Suceso
Fleet transport 3,100 ton, 1951
Icebreaker, Flagship, Helicopters
Ice patrol vessel 3,600 tons, 2 Wasps
Falklands Invasion 2.4.
Argentina Landing Fleet TF40
Isla de los Estados
Argentina Distant Cover TF20
Vessels in commission:
four patrol submarines (SANTA FE lost),
one light fleet carrier and
the old cruiser GENERAL BELGRANO (sunk),
six destroyers and three frigates, all Exocet-armed, amphibious warfare craft,
eight fleet tankers and transports, and
two icebreakers or polar vessels,
Falklands Theatre 2.4.-14.6.
Patrol vessels ex US rescue tugs. Alferez Sobral x, Comodoro Somellera
Isla de los Estados + , Bahía Buen Suceso x (later +)
South Atlantic Theatre Theatre 2.4.-14.6.
Z-28 type boats Islas Malvinas x, Río Iguazú x
Merchants, Spy trawlers, armed coasters, schooner
British by Class
Sir Bedivere, Sir Galahad +, Sir Geraint, Sir Percival, Sir Tristram x, Sir Lancelot x
British by Task & Event
Submarines reaching the Falkland's Area, early April to May
Nuclear Swiftsure class
South Georgia recaptured (Operation Paraquat) on 25th April
Ice patrol ship Endurance,
RFA's Tidespring and (earlier) Brambleleaf and Fort Austin.
Carrier Battle Group starting attacks on Falklands, 1st May
Joined later in May
Amphibious Group, Operation Sutton on 21st May
RFA's Stromness, Tidepool,
LSL's SIR GALAHAD, Sir Geraint, Sir Lancelot, Sir Percivale, Sir Tristram and (later) Sir Bedivere, Transports Canberra, Elk, Europic Ferry, Norland, and
Other Ships supporting the Task Force up to the End of May
RMAS mooring vessel Goosander and Tanker Alvega; despatch vessel / Fishery protection vessel Dumbarton Castle.
RFA tankers Appleleaf, Pearleaf and Plumleaf plus Tankers Anco Charger, Eburna, Eight British Petroleum British tankers, and Water tanker Fort Toronto.
Hospital ship Uganda and Survey ships: "Hecla", "Herald" and "Hydra" (2,700 tons, Wasp helicopter) as ambulance ships, in Red Cross Box (RCB), Repair ship Stena Seaspread and Tugs Irishman, Salvageman, Yorkshireman
Requisitioned minesweepers Cordella, Farnella, Junella, Northella and Pict, RFA tanker Blue Rover, RMAS tug Typhoon, Detached despatch vessels Iris and Fishery Protection vessel Leeds Castle, Ammo ship Lycaon and Stores ship Saxonia.
Bristol Group arriving late May
Further arriving later
Transports - Queen Elizabeth 2, Baltic Ferry and Nordic Ferry.
RFA's Engadine and Fort Grange, Merchantmen Atlantic Causeway, Balder London, Contender Bezant, Geestport, St. Edmund, Tor Caledonia and Wimpey Seahorse,
Fleet replenishment ships
supplied ammunition, food and dry stores:
"Regent", "Resource" 22,800 tons Wessex
"Fort Austin", "Fort Grange" 17,200 tons Wessex/Sea Kings
"Stromness" - Stores support ship 14,000 tons helicopter deck
carried all three types of fuel as well as fresh water, and could replenish three ships at a time, including one astern:
"Olmeda", "Olna" (plus "Olwen" - did not take part) 36,000 tons Sea Kings/Wessex
"Tidepool", "Tidespring" 27,400 tons Wessex
"Blue Rover" - one of five small fleet tankers; also carries dry cargo 11,500 tons helicopter deck
normally transported ship and aviation fuel between terminals and depots, but could replenish the fleet tankers and directly refuel other ships. The two classes were considerably supplemented by civilian tankers:
"Appleleaf", "Brambleleaf", "Bayleaf" 26,000 tons (no flightdeck)
"Pearleaf" and "Plumleaf" - older ships 26,000 tons (no flightdeck)
Landing ship logistics (LSL's)
were RO-RO vessels equipped with bow and stern doors and ramps for loading and unloading troops and tanks:
"Sir Bedivere", "SIR GALAHAD" (lost by air attack),
"Sir Geraint", "Sir Lancelot" (UXB damage), "Sir Percivale",
"Sir Tristram" (UXB damage). 5,500 ton helicopter deck
Helicopter support ship
equipped for naval training in the handling and maintenance of helicopters:
"Engadine" 8,000 tons helicopter deck
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