Veterans at a commemoration service in the Falkland Islands for HMS Glamorgan.
Falklands 1982

Falklands memorial service commemorates 40 years since HMS Glamorgan missile strike

Fourteen sailors died when the ship was hit by an Exocet missile.

Veterans at a commemoration service in the Falkland Islands for HMS Glamorgan.

Wreaths have been laid on behalf of the people of the Falkland Islands to mark 40 years since 14 sailors died when HMS Glamorgan was hit by an Exocet missile.

The service, held at 16:15 UK time, was streamed live on Forces News YouTube channel.

Argentine forces fired two Exocet missiles at Glamorgan on 12 June 1982, with one striking the ship.

Watch: Memorial service held for two ships attacked during Falklands War.

The ship had been pounding Argentine defences outside Stanley on Two Sisters, using her main 4.5in guns and supporting a successful attack by 45 Commando, Royal Marines.

Bringing her guns in range of the defences also brought the ship into range of an Exocet launcher, which struck the ship as HMS Glamorgan completed her bombardment mission.

The ship's team helped minimise the impact of the missile, which struck the hangar – destroying the fully-fuelled and armed Wessex helicopter.

Head to our Falklands 40 page, where you can find our memorial wall, as well as more Falklands stories, videos and podcasts.