Falklands 30 - On this day - June 7, 1982

Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. Pictute: LPhot Ioan Roberts

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In the early hours of June 7, 1982, the British supply ship Sir Tristram was joined by her sister ship Sir Galahad. They were anchored 1,200 feet apart in Port Pleasant.

The ships had almost completed a risky operation to move support troops of the Fifth Infantry Brigade from San Carlos to join forces advancing on the Falklands Islands’ capital Port Stanley.

The decision to make the dangerous journey was taken after the discovery that the settlements of Fitzroy and Bluff Cove had apparently been deserted by Argentine troops.

Moving the soldiers around by sea in landing ships was intended to save a lengthy trek across the bogs and mountains, which would have delayed support reaching other troops. It was a move which proved disastrous.