Falklands 30 - On this day - May 18, 1982

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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ON May 18, 1982, Britain’s landing forces rendezvoused with Admiral Sandy Woodward’s Task Group around 200 miles northeast of the Falkland Islands.

Back in London, the San Carlos landing plan was put to full cabinet.

Under the codename Operation Sutton, the plan was for British forces to make amphibious landings around San Carlos, on an inlet off Falkland Sound, the strait between East Falkland and West Falkland.

The location was chosen as the landing force would be protected by the terrain against Exocet and submarine attacks, and it was distant enough from Stanley to prevent a rapid reaction from Argentine land troops stationed there.

Meanwhile, the Argentine junta rejected British peace proposals sent from the United Nations the day before.