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, great forces of Argentine Marines, with heavy naval and air aid, had invaded the Falkland islands, fast and virtually bloodlessly overwhelming a token garrison of Royal Marines. day after today Argentine forces additionally invaded the Falklands dependency of South Georgia, forcing the garrison of simply 22 Royal Marines to give up - notwithstanding now not sooner than they'd inflicted disproportionately heavy losses on their attackers. during this spouse to Men-at-Arms 133 & one hundred thirty five Adrian English and Anthony Watts research the naval forces of either side who fought within the conflict for the Falklands.

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Mike Lennon) 26 raids would take place, as part of the softening-up process, before a landing in force was eventually made—probably on relatively lightly-held West Falkland. While creating this impression by means of noisy hit-and-run raids by special forces, Adm. Gen. Jeremy Moore were planning something considerably more enterprising. It had been decided that a major landing would be made at San Carlos Bay on the west coast of East Falkland. The proposed site had several attractive advantages.

Leading is the Leander Group III frigate HMS Andromeda, followed by Bristol, Invincible, a Type 22 frigate, an Amazon class frigate, RFAs, and in the far distance HMS Hermes. (MoD) Support is not the quaint historical survival believed by some. The need for effective light AA guns has been realised, and vessels now sailing for the South Atlantic are being fitted with British twin 30mm and other 20mm weapons. At the height of the campaign a number of the American Vulcan/Phalanx systems were obtained as a stopgap measure to cover the anti-missile gap; however, the Royal Navy does not at present wish to embark on wholesale acquisition of this system (which did not arrive in time to see action), and prefers to await the outcome of its investigation into a number of gun close-in weapon systems.

Varying their tactics, successive pairs of Mirages, Skyhawks and Daggers attacked the ships and the troops ashore; the latter had now set up Rapier SAM batteries, which took a toll of the attackers. Five Mirages and/or Daggers The missile launcher and tracking radar of the Sea Wolf SAM system; and the manual loading of the launcher. 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.

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