Falklands 30 - On this day - April 30, 1982

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ON April 30, 1982, the British Task Force arrived in the total exclusion zone surrounding the Falklands.

Argentina had been warned its ships or aircraft would be attacked if they were in the area or seen approaching.

The nuclear-powered submarine HMS Conqueror picked up the Argentine battleship General Belgrano and two destroyers on patrol to the south of the Falklands and began to close in.

It was on this day Vulcan bombers arrived at Ascension Island ready to launch an RAF air raid on Port Stanley.

Meanwhile, US President Ronald Reagan withdrew from peace talks and threw his full support behind Britain.