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HMS Sheffield sailed from Portsmouth on November 19th, 1981 for a patrol in the Arabian Gulf. After taking part in a major Mediterranean exercise, and four days before her planned return to Portsmouth, the ship was diverted to the South Atlantic on April 2nd, 1982, within hours of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands. While on forward radar picket duty about 70 miles south and east of Stanley, on Sunday May 4th, the Type 42 destroyer was struck amidships by an Exocet missile fired from Argentine Naval Super Etendard aircraft. The missile’s warhead failed to explode, but the resulting fires quickly spread, and the ship had to be abandoned.
Tony was among 20 who died in the attack. Only the body of Petty Officer David Briggs DSM was recovered; the rest lie in the ship, now a registered war grave at the position 53-04’S 56-56’W, where she sank on May 9th, whilst under tow.
I remember Tony very well, we served together at Flag Officer Gibraltar at the Mount in 1977/1978, Tony a L/Cook and me been a Steward, he was a excellent Cook and went around to his house a number of times for meals. With his wife and Daughter spent many a time on Eastern Beach in Gib, When we are on the same shift he used to give me a lift in his Triumph Herald. Great Oppo, family man and cook.
Sorry to the family for their Loss.
Martin (Brum ) O´Flynn
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