ON April 16, 1982, the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible left the Ascension Island for the final leg of the journey south.
The British dependency in the South Atlantic, which is 3,700 nautical miles from the UK and 3,300 nautical miles from the Falkland Islands, had become the stopping-off point for the Task Force on its voyage to the Falklands.
Naval Task Force commander Rear Admiral Sir John ‘Sandy’ Woodward had arrived aboard HMS Hermes the day before.
He told the BBC: ‘I am not in favour of blowing people’s heads off. However, as a loyal servant of the government, if I have to blow people’s heads off I’ll do it in the most efficient way I know.’