HMS Alacrity's "mine" run in the Falklands
A quick question to those who would be able to answer. Would a type 21 have been able to detect the existence of mines in Falkland Sound by the use of active sonar, or did it really take a run up and down the entrance of the sound as ordered to ascertain the presence or not of mines?
Cheers in advance for any replies
More about the minesweeper trawlers in the Falklands
Glad to see so much interest. Just to fill in some gaps:
The five minesweeper trawlers of the 11th MCM Squadron arrived at Ascension Island for fuel on 11 May 1982. They were supplied en route by air drop from RAF C-130s.
On 13 May, they sailed for South Georgia where they arrived on 26 May. Various high value ships such as the QE2, packed with the men of 5 Brigade, vital stores and ammunition, began arriving from 28 May. It was vital to transfer these essential supplies to the CANBERRA, NORLAND and various RFAs that shuttled between South Georgia, the Task Force at sea, and the bridgehead at San Carlos. Instead of anchoring for a respite, the minesweeper trawlers worked tirelessly day after day cross-decking troops, stores and ammunition, sometimes in atrocious Antarctic weather with wind speeds exceeding 100 knots, before heading on towards the Falklands.
The trawlers joined the main Task Force on 7 June. During the nights of 12, 13 and 14 June, CORDELLA, PICT and JUNELLA conducted covert operations re-supplying SAS and SBS teams deployed variously along the coast.
The particular mine swept off Port Stanley and recovered for investigation is normally displayed in the Minewarfare section at the Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood. It was exhibited at the Imperial War Museum as part of the Falklands 25 exhibition in 2007 and is seen here with Lt Cdr Martyn Holloway RN, CO of CORDELLA and Senior Officer of the 11th MCM Squadron.
Despite forming, working-up and leading the five converted trawlers of the 11th MCM Squadron to the Falklands and back without a single casualty, he received no public recognition for his extraordinary achievements.