Battle for the Falklands (2): Naval Forces (Men-at-Arms, by Adrian English

By Adrian English

Within the early hours of the cold late-autumn morning, April 2 1982, titanic forces of Argentine Marines, with heavy naval and air help, had invaded the Falkland islands, speedy and nearly bloodlessly overwhelming a token garrison of Royal Marines. the next day to come Argentine forces additionally invaded the Falklands dependency of South Georgia, forcing the garrison of simply 22 Royal Marines to give up - even though no longer prior to they'd inflicted disproportionately heavy losses on their attackers. during this spouse to Men-at-Arms 133 & a hundred thirty five Adrian English and Anthony Watts research the naval forces of each side who fought within the conflict for the Falklands.

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This shortrange anti-missile and anti-aircraft defence system uses lineof-sight guidance by radar or TV camera. Sea Wolf is usually fired in salvoes of two, to maximise kill probability; it is credited with five enemy aircraft in the Falklands campaign. The extremely manoeuvrable missile has a speed above Mach 2, and TV tracking is used for low-level targets. (MoD) and one A-4 were confirmed as destroyed. Nevertheless, the Royal Navy was to suffer yet another loss when two 5001b. bombs dropped by a Skyhawk at masthead height struck the frigate HMS Antelope.

The noose was tightening. It would appear from persistent Argentine reports that there was a further Exocet attack on 30 May; British sources are unforthcoming, beyond confirming that an Exocet was released. A pair of 30 Etendards escorted by four Skyhawks from IV Brigada Aerea apparently took part, and later claimed to have sunk or disabled HMS Invincible for the loss of two A-4S. The survivors reported heavy smoke rising from the target ship; Invincible was certainly not hit on the 30th, or any other day, but the smoke may have been deliberate to cover a change of course and perhaps to create a false impression of damage.

The second Exocet fired in this incident was also successfully decoyed from Hermes by chaff and other ECM devices. The following day there was no enemy air activity, but the Harriers hit Stanley yet again. On the 27th the Argentines returned to the attack, striking at ground targets rather than the ships off shore. 826 Sqn from Hermes — the Magnetic Anomaly Detection gear can be seen under the starboard float. The RN's Sea King 5s use sonobuoys to detect submarines; set patterns are laid, and the buoys 'listen' for submarine noises and radio them to the helicopter.

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