Thursday, 15 January 2015

South Atlantic ceremony marks the deaths of 14 servicemen in Falklands War nearly 33 years ago

Missile attack on HMS Glamorgan remembered by latest breed of Royal Navy.A poignant ceremony has taken place in the South Atlantic honouring servicemen who died in a missile attack on HMS Glamorgan during the Falklands War.

HMS Dragon, a Daring-class air defence destroyer, held a service of remembrance 22 miles off the Falklands coast, where crew laid a wreath over the spot where HMS Glamorgan was hit by an Argentine missile nearly 33 years ago.

The tributes to the 14 sailors who died were led by Paul Engeham who, in 1982, was onboard the warship as a staff communications officer.

The impact of the missile destroyed the ship’s helicopter hangar and saw the crew fight for three hours to save the vessel.

Both ships are closely linked to Wales: Glamorgan’s namesake linking her to the historic county, while Dragon is tied to Cardiff, the nation’s capital.

The ships carry a dragon motif on their hulls.

The Dragon’s crew gathered on the deck of the ship to pay their respects to the sailors as Mr Engeham cast a wreath into the ocean.

Referring to the day the ship was attacked, Mr Engeham said: “We lost some really good men that day and I shall never forget the bravery and fortitude of all onboard to get the job done and return to the front line.

“It was a real privilege to pass over the spot where HMS Glamorgan was hit.

“It seemed fitting to do so in a ship which, like Glamorgan, is at the forefront of Naval technology in her time.”Read More   HERE  R.I.P.