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From another site, I thought it might be of interest to some.
My thanks to Jack Lewiss originator of the We Remember Submariners site(and hopefully soon to be a charity.)
THE FALKLANDS WAR - 5th APRIL 1982 - THE FLEET SAILS
In under 1 week, the UK has assembled the largest amphibious assault force since WWII totalling over 100 sh...ips.
Due to budget cuts in the UK leading to demomissioning over several years of a great number of vessels required for this type of operation so far from home ports, roughly 50% are ships 'taken up from trade'. These are vessels requisitioned from commercial use and hastily adapted for use in hostile seas
Royal Navy ships sent include:
2 Carriers, including Hermes, the Taskforce Flagship carrying Admiral Sandy Woodward, Commander Carrier/ Battle Group and Flag Officer. The carriers will be the essential ships that enable the operation, now named 'Corporate' to take place.
2 Landing Platform Docks, specialised amphibious assault vessels,...