Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Admiral Sir Hugo White - obituary

Admiral Sir Hugo White was an officer who repelled Exocet attacks in the Falklands and later became Governor of Gibraltar Admiral Sir Hugo White, who has died aged 74, overcame repeated attacks by Exocet missiles during the Falklands War and rose to be Governor of Gibraltar. In the Spring of 1982 White was Captain of the 4th Frigate Squadron, known as the “Fighting Fourth”, a flotilla of fast well-armed frigates which were urgently needed in the South Atlantic to combat the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands. When the war started in early April, White’s own ship, Avenger, was being worked on in the dockyards. He hurried the work forward and sailed on May 10, to make the 8,000 mile passage through seas at an average 28 knots. Collectively the captains of the ships in his squadron were known as the “Boy Racers” and when White arrived on May 25, shortly after two Types 21s, Ardent and Antelope, had been sunk, he was greeted with a signal: “Blimey, that was Formula One.”Read more HERE R.I.P.