HMS Forth Marks Falklands War 'Landing Day' Anniversary

Landing Day was the moment the ground campaign to retake the Falkland Islands began in 1982.

Royal Navy sailors deployed to the Falkland Islands have commemorated the sacrifices of British personnel during 'Landing Day' in the Falklands War, 38 years ago. 

Personnel on board HMS Forth took part in a wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday to mark the anniversary. 

It took place in San Carlos Bay, near where HMS Antelope was sunk during the conflict.

Able Seaman El-leigh Neale said: "It was an honour to take part in the wreath-laying and a privilege to be able to pay our respects.

"Moments like this really re-iterate why we do what we do and provides a real sense of purpose to operating in the South Atlantic.”

Landing Day was the moment the ground campaign to retake the Falkland Islands began.

Under the cover of darkness, the British Amphibious Task Group advanced into San Carlos Bay where soldiers and Royal Marines came ashore.

It provoked an all-out response from Argentina, and frigates HMS Ardent and HMS Antelope were sunk.

Social distancing measures were observed during the wreath-laying ceremony, according to the Navy (Picture: Royal Navy).

Lieutenant Commander Edward Munns, who assumed command of HMS Forth in April, said: “Remembering those that came before us is always important and is especially moving when operating on a warship 8,000 miles away from our home and loved ones,”

“Ceremonies such as this are a privilege to take part in, providing sailors with an opportunity to represent veterans around the world and to reflect on the courage and sacrifices of our predecessors and the struggles they endured.”   

HMS Forth is deployed to the South Atlantic as the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel. 

The Navy said the ceremony was conducted with social distancing measures in place.

Cover image: HMS Forth's crew take part in the ceremony in San Carlos Bay (Picture: Royal Navy).