Help Needed - Loss of HMS Sheffield


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... Batho's statement ...

Hmm. As any fule no who knows 42's, his ship knowledge doesn't quite match up here. Had he used the direct route ... Ops Room to Bridge ... he would have used the transit ladders on the starboard side of the Ops Room, up one deck, wardroom flat, up another deck, outside the charthouse and up to the bridge. If he was stood in the pantry, he was in J section. His route to the Ops Room would be down, through a door (not in the Red Risk zone so therefore not shut at Yankee and through H section, through another door and into the Ops Room. Quite why he doesn't admit he was back aft in the pantry and have done with it, is a mystery. He wasn't responsible for the loss of Sheffield any more than the Tiller Flat wtachkeeper was. The navy was built for a purpose, had allowed shit to slip and wasn't prepared for the attack. Not his fault. Systemic failure rather than personal. He sounds like he is digging a bigger hole than was already dug, by justifying being away from his posting. He may have gone to the bridge for a goof, passed back to the bunhouse for a brew and unfortunately, that is exactly when the attack happened. Ten minutes later he could have been sat at his plot and done something about it. Blathering endlessly in mitigation and getting the facts wrong does nothing to better his case.



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Very good points made by Levers concering the routes and location of the ship and I would have thought he would have got that right in all honesty.

Also, regarding SCOT, it would never have been on 'permanent' transmit anyway, as there was no dedicated access in those days such as we have now. The MCO would only have gone 'UP' on the Satcom transmit leg when they had signal traffic to send or to make a DSSS Call. (A DSSS call was happening at the time of the attack) There was no need to actually be in the transmit mode to receive signals, as that was achieved using a 'broadcast' system utilising the Satcom receive leg.

The use of the term strangle SCOT was a call made by the on watch PWO and would be made over AI or Signal Intercom, with the Radio Operators then switching off SCOT immediately at the terminal located in the MCO.

I would have thought an Operations Officer would have had knowledge of this to be honest.
I guess in trying to be fair to the man, the article was written many years after the event and although a PWO he is not, perhaps unlike Brigham and myself a Comms specialist, and so the details of SCOT would be vague at best. Indeed, as Brigham probably knows, Comms to most serving PWO's was/is vague at the best of times!

(For the unititiated - SCOT - Satellite Communications Onboard Terminal. This was the ships main strategic satellite system mainly used in those days for links back to the UK for voice and messaging with a bit of data and imagary. In 1982 the RN probably led the world in satellite comms afloat and SCOT was a massive plus in the Falklands war. But, such systems were still in their infancy and there was lots we didn't know which we learned to our cost.


Sparkers27 either we've met before or there is another guy working on Sheffield whose work is probably ahead of yours. Did you go to the world ship society thing in Bristol a few months ago and get on a London Paddington bound train afterwards with a couple of other people who'd been at said event?
I think I know the person you are referring to. I have never met him but his focus is more upon the Type 42s in general. It includes the Conventry as well.


Might well be. I can't actually remember his name but I have seen a piece he was writing about Sheffield although I think it touched on other 42s as well.

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