Friday 2nd April 1982

  • UN Security Council adopts Resolution 502 ordering Argentina to withdraw.
  • Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
  • NP8901 and Falkland Island Defence Force overwhelmed by larger force.

Saturday 3rd April 1982

  • The United Nations approved resolution 502.
  • RN ships on Exercise Springtrain 82 ordered south from Gibraltar.
  • Argentine forces attack British Antarctic Survey scientists and Royal Marine Detachment at Grytviken, South Georgia.
  • Fifty-two school children are evacuated from Stanley.

Sunday 4th April 1982

  • United Nations condemns invasion.
  • Argentine forces occupy Goose Green and Darwin. One hundred civilians imprisoned in the community centre.
  • British Submarine sails for South Atlantic tasking.

Monday 5th April 1982

  • British carrier group deploys.
  • Maritime Patrol Aircraft arrive on Ascension Island.

Tuesday 6th April 1982

  • US Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, begins peace shuttle.
  • British Amphibious Support ship deploys.

Wednesday 7th April 1982

  • Britain declares 200-mile exclusion zone around Falkland Islands.

Thursday 8th April 1982

  • Royal Navy ships depart Gibraltar.

Friday 9th April 1982

  • SS Canberra, with 40 and 42 Commando RM, and 3 PARA embarked, and MV Elk, with 2000 tons of ammunition, sail from Southampton.

Saturday 10th April 1982

  • EEC bans imports from Argentina in support of Britain.
  • British Task Force gather at Ascension Island.

Sunday 11th April 1982

  • First elements of British Task Force leave Ascension.

Wednesday 14th April 1982

  • Intelligence assessment puts Argentine strength on Falklands at 7,000 men.
  • HMS Endurance joins Antrim Group and heads for South Georgia.

Friday 16th April 1982

  • Main Task Force departs Ascension.
  • HMS Hermes arrives Ascension.

Sunday 18th April 1982

  • Hermes Group leaves Ascension.
  • RAF tanker aircraft arrive Ascension.

Monday 19th April 1982

  • Hospital Ship SS Uganda departs Gibraltar.

Tuesday 20th April 1982

  • SS Canberra arrives Ascension.

Wednesday 21st April 1982

  • Antrim Group arrives off South Georgia and begins reconnaissance.

Thursday 22nd April 1982

  • Two Wessex helicopters recovering special forces lost during abortive landing on South Georgia glacier.

Friday 23rd April 1982

  • A Sea King helicopter from HMS Hermes crashes into the sea after dark.

Saturday 24th April 1982

  • Atlantic Conveyor completes fitting of helicopter decks at Devonport.
  • HMS Brilliant joins Antrim Group off South Georgia

Sunday 25th April 1982

  • Submarine Santa Fe damaged by helicopter attacks, at South Georgia.
  • RM and SAS assault on Grytviken; South Georgia recaptured.
  • HMS Intrepid, Atlantic Conveyor and MV Europic Ferry depart for the South Atlantic.

Tuesday 27th April 1982

  • MV Norland, with 2 PARA embarked, and RFA Sir Bedivere sail from UK.

Wednesday 28th April 1982

  • Antrim Group departs South Georgia leaving HMS Endurance on patrol.

Thursday 29th April 1982

  • HM Hospital Ship Uganda leaves Ascension.