Falklands 30 - On this day - April 24, 1982

A Royal Navy shot of a helicopter winching exercise

Navy aircrewman hits milestone on city ship

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ON April 24 1982, Britain suffered its first casualty of the war before a single shot had even been fired.

Petty Officer Kevin Stuart Casey was missing presumed drowned after the Sea King helicopter he was travelling in ditched into the South Atlantic.

In Portsmouth, work was competed in converting HMS Herald and HMS Hydra into casualty ferries and they sailed to join the second wave of the Task Force.

Argentine officials warned a British attack on South Georgia, 800 miles east of the Falklands, was ‘imminent’.