On 2nd April 1982 Argentina raided and claimed the Falkland Islands. This led to a war. On the 4th May that year, HMS Sheffield got hit by an exocet missile during the Falkland Islands conflict. Twenty crew members died in the attack.
The vessel was the second Royal Navy ship to be named after the city of Sheffield in Yorkshire. She was a Type 42 Guided Missile Destroyer laid down by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering at Barrow-in-Furness on 15 January 1970. A huge ship
Official documents released December 28, 2012, revealed Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister at the time, expressed surprise by the Argentine invasion of the Islands. Survivor, Chris Purcell was a sailor on board HMS Sheffield. We met in Portsmouth where he told YNUKtv his story of what happened and how he managed to survive. Falkland Islands photos courtesy Chris and Louise Purcell.
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The Falklands a sailor tells his story of survival after his ship HMS Sheffield was hit by an Exocet during conflict with Argentina https://t.co/rlVE1QVHbu twenty two members died in the attack #Falklands40 #FalklandsWar #sailor #Argentina #UnitedKingdom pic.twitter.com/WDBWCicnue
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A sailors story from #HMSSheffield after surviving Exocet hit https://t.co/rlVE1QVHbu it happened during the Falkland Islands conflict #Falklands40 #Falklands #FalklandsWar #sailor pic.twitter.com/hAb5j1YQ0L
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) May 4, 2022
Don’t want to spoil the Coronation mood but here’s a sailor’s story from HMS Sheffield after surviving Exocet hit on May 4 in Falklands conflict https://t.co/rlVE1QVHbu in memory of twenty two who died in the attack #Falklands #sailor #Argentinas pic.twitter.com/bHw4CdmjLn
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) May 4, 2023