04/05/1982 Argentines sink the first of four UK warships in Falklands War
HMS Sheffield Hit by Exocet Missile
Captain HMS Bristol deceives the press after the Falklands War 1982
20th Century Battlefields 1982 Falklands
The first of four British warships, a Type 42 destroyer called the HMS Sheffield, was lost to fire following an Exocet missile strike from the Argentine 2nd Naval Air Fighter/Attack Squadron. The vessel was struck amidships with devastating effect. The resulting death toll reached a total of 20 crew members while 24 more were severely injured. The ship was abandoned several hours later.
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