HMS Ardent

#1
To start with, I hope I have the correct forum here, but I'm sure that if not it will be put right.


Twenty five years ago today (21 May 1982) HMS Ardent, a Type 21 Frigate, was severly damaged by bombs and rockets from Argentine aircraft whilst supporting troop landings in San Carlos waters in the Falklands conflict.
She sank some 12 hours later with the loss of 22 lives.

AB(S) Derek Armstrong
Lt Cdr Richard Banfield
AB(S) Andrew Barr
POAEM(M) Peter Brouard
CKRichard Dunkerley
ALCK Michael Foote
MEM(M)2 Stephen Ford
ASTD Shaun Hanson
AB(S) Shaun Hayward
AB(EW) Stephen Heyes
WEM(R)1 Simon Lawson
MEM(M)2 Alistair Leighton
AEMN(1) Allan McAuley
ALS(R) Michael Mullen
LT Brian Murphy
LPTGary Nelson
APOWM(R) Andrew Palmer
CK John Roberts
LT CDR John Sephton DSC (posthumous)
ALMEM(M) Stephen White
LMEM(L) Garry Whitford
MEM(M)1 Gilbert Williams


I post this in memory of my shipmates who were lost on my "sister" ship on that fateful day. (I was serving on Avenger at the time)
I understand and bereave the loss of all personsd who lost thier lives during that conflict, and in no way want to distract from that, but the "21 Club" had a close knit bond which made it all the more harder for us on Avenger. (HMS Antelope was to be lost on May 24, another "sister" to die.)
One of the guys listed was my "opposite number" on Ardent and also one of my best friends. They will, like others, not be forgotten.

Tonight I will raise a glass in their memory and hope that any Ardent crew from 1982 will forgive me for posting this if they think I've overstepped my mark.

All gave some...some gave all. Continue to Rest In Peace Shipmates.....
 
#2
ITV News tonight (1830 and 2230) will show a return trip to the Falklands made earlier this year by HMS Ardent survivors and Clearance Divers who placed memorial plaques on the wreck.
 
#3
Best regards to you, matey, may you enjoy your tipple whilst thinking of your lost but not forgotten shipmates.

Kind regards

RB, YOUR (VIRTUAL) DRINKING BUDDY.
 

sgtpepperband

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#4
The book about Ardent "Through Fire & Water" brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat; for an 'all-ranks' perspective on life under fire on a warship I cannot recommend this book highly enough. RIP Shipmates.
 
#5
rugger_bob said:
Best regards to you, matey, may you enjoy your tipple whilst thinking of your lost but not forgotten shipmates.

Kind regards

RB, YOUR (VIRTUAL) DRINKING BUDDY.

Thanks buddy, I know you'll have a tot or two......
 

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