Skip to comments.Falklands Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward dies aged 81
Posted on 08/05/2013 6:13:30 AM PDT by Perdogg
He died at the age of 81 after a long illness, his family said.
Admiral Woodward was commander of the naval force sent by Margaret Thatcher to re-take the Falkland Islands in 1982. He later served as deputy chief of the defence staff and went on to be the Flag Aide-de Camp to the Queen.
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Why would this be controversial? Were they wearing hoodies?
It’s my understanding that Thatcher herself gave the order to sink the Belgrano. The Brits had established an exclusion zone around the Falklands..the Belgrano had reversed course, and was heading towards it..the Argentines claimed after that the ship hadn’t quite just yet crossed the line, but after losing a cruiser, Thatcher wasn’t going to wait..
The was some question where the ship was located when it was sunk. I am not an expert on Maritime Law and when and where a ship can be sunk.
It was war, the Argies started it, and Thatcher finished it.
The Royal Navy should have stayed in their truck!
I thought the media said it’s OK to kill White Hispanics ?
They had a duty to retreat.
After the Args hit the Brit cruiser with the exocet, the brits should have sunk the entire Arg. navy, levelled their bases and nuked Buenos Aires. If they did, the Falklands would not be an issue today...just sayin”.
LOL Good one.
Right, and the reason you establish such a zone is so that one doesn’t have to determine the intent of the vessel. Since the ship was a naval warship, c’est la guerre.
Under maritime law, the Belgrano could be sunk anywhere. Argentina had committed an act of war against the United Kingdom, and the UK had the right to sink an Argentinian warship anywhere under virtually any circumstances.
Whether or not Belgrano was in the exclusion zone was utterly irrelevant. What the exclusion zone did was set up an area where the United Kingdom said that it might sink any ship in that area, regardless of the flag it was flying - you can't always reliably identify the nationality of a ship. It was a warning to ships of neutral nations to avoid the area so they would remain safe. It had no relevance to a belligerent nation.
The Argentinian Navy, and its sailors, understand this - and have rarely made any fuss about what happened. They were at war, and would have sunk HMS Conqueror if they'd had the chance. It is a tragedy in a real sense - those Argentinian sailors were brave men serving their country, and had no part in their governments decision to invade the Falklands - but in war, brave, innocent men die on both sides. That's the way it works.
Slightly controversial in the under the task force organization and ROE, he wasn't actually in control of the submarines.
His view was that in the 12-18 hours changing the ROE through the formal process could see a 16 Exocets arriving from the south during an air stike from the Argentinian carrier in the north.
Issuing the order (which London had the opportunity to overule, as Conqueror wouldn't actually receive it until surfacing for the next signals update) sent one of two messages