Falklands 30 - On this day - April 9, 1982

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April 9 - On Good Friday in 1982, the P&O cruise liner Canberra sails from Southampton two days after being requisitioned by the MoD.

It took two days for dockyard workers to convert the ship for military use.

On board are nearly 3,000 men, including most of 40 and 42 Commando and the third brigade of the Parachute Regiment. Canberra was escorted by the roll-on-roll-off ferry the Elk which was loaded with ammunition and military vehicles. The forerunner to the European Union, the EEC, approves economic sanctions against Argentina. Only Ireland and Italy veto the move.