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, including HMS Fearless, carrying Commodore Mike Clapp, Commander Amphibious Task Group 1, Type 82 Destroyer, 5 Type 42 Destroyers, 2 County Class Destroyers, 2 Type 22 Frigates, 7 Type 21 Frigates, 4 Leander Class Frigates, 2 Rothesay Class Frigates, 1 Ice Patrol Ship, 2 Castle Class Patrol Vessels, 2 Churchill Class Submarines (Including HMS Conqueror), 1 Oberon Class Submarine, 1 Valiant Class Submarine, 2 Swiftsure Class Submarines, 3 Survey Vessels, 5 Trawler/Minesweepers (these will not reach the islands until after hostilities have been concluded) Royal Fleet Auxilliary Vessels Included: 10 Tankers, 6 Landing Ships Logistics (Including RFA Galahad), 5 Supply Ships, 1 Helicopter Support Ship, 2 Royal Maritime Auxillary Service ships Commercial Ships taken up from trade included: 3 Passenger Liners, 8 Roll On Roll Off Ferries (Built for short trips across the English Channel and North Sea), 4 Container Cargo Ships (including Atlantic Conveyor), 7 Freighters, 15 Fuel Tankers, 8 assorted Tugs Repair and Support Vessels Not all of these ships will be available immediately. Some will need to return to the UK from their commercial or naval movements to be refitted or stored for operations. Aver the coming weeks they will leave in small packets to sail for Ascension Island. Due to the rush they have not been stored for war and will require re-storing enroute and at Ascension Island. Lord Carington, Foreign Secretary, resigns over Falklands debacle. Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, 6th Baron Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC DL (born 6 June 1919) is a British Conservative politician. He served as British Defence Secretary between 1970 and 1974, Foreign Secretary between 1979 and 1982, and as the sixth Secretary General of NATO from 1984 to 1988. He is the last surviving member of the 1951–55 government of Winston Churchill, and of the Cabinets of both Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home. Following the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the automatic right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords, Carrington was created a life peer as Baron Carington of Upton, of Upton in the County of Nottinghamshire, to enable him to continue to sit there. Carrington was Foreign Secretary in 1982 when the Falkland Islands were invaded by Argentina. He took full responsibility for the complacency and failures in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to foresee this development and resigned. However, as Secretary General of NATO, he played a very constructive role in preventing a war between Greece and Turkey (both members of the Alliance) in March 1987, having the trust and respect of both Andreas Papandreou of Greece and Turgut Özal of Turkey. Photos: Lord Carigton, The fleet sails.