Devon Falklands crew survived bombs and torpedoes 40 years ago
‘This is in important anniversary to commemorate and remember those lost in 1982’
Devon Royal Navy veterans who served on board a ship at the heart of the fighting during the Falklands War are being invited to a reunion – 40 years after they survived bomb and torpedo attacks. HMS Alacrity sailed from Devonport to take part in the conflict, with many of the ship’s company drawn from the West Country.
The meeting on May 14 and 15 in Plymouth will include a wreath-laying and a church service. Organizer Steve Parker said: “This is in important anniversary to commemorate and remember those lost in 1982.”
The Type 21 Frigate was involved in the action throughout the war. On the first day of action she was attacked by Argentine aircraft and survived a double bomb attack, with the bombs falling each side of her.
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On the night of May 10 and 11 she was the first ship to transit Falkland Sound, sinking with naval gunfire the Argentine supply ship Isle De Los Estados, with the loss of 22 of her 24 crew. Then, as Alacrity left Falkland Sound, an Argentine submarine fired two torpedoes at the ship, one missing completely and the other hitting a decoy being towed by Alacrity’s sister ship HMS Arrow, which was escorting the frigate out of the Sound.
Alacrity also played a major role in rescuing the crew of the cargo ship Atlantic Conveyor after she had been hit by Exocet missiles. The men of Alacrity later commissioned and paid for a memorial to be laid at Port Howard on West Falklands to commemorate the sinking of the Isle De Los Estados.
May’s Plymouth reunion will feature a wreath-laying service on The Hoe foreshore memorial garden, a church service at HMS Drake and a function at the Future Inn. For details email [email protected]