Active Royal Navy Vessels in 1982

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The following vessels were in commission, planned or under construction for Her Majesty's Royal Navy in 1982.[1] Many of these vessels took part in the 1982 Falklands War[2][3]

Aircraft Carriers[edit]

Centaur-class aircraft carrier - Hermes
Invincible class aircraft carrier - Invincible, Illustrious,[Note 1] & Ark Royal[Note 2]

The carriers Hermes and Invincible were deployed to the Falkland Islands in April 1982 as the centre piece of Rear Admiral Woodward's Carrier Battle Group.[2][3][4][5]

Destroyers[edit]

Type 82 destroyer - Bristol
Type 42 Destroyer - Sheffield, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Exeter, Southampton, Liverpool, Cardiff, & Coventry
County-class destroyer - Antrim, Glamorgan, & Fife

The Destroyers Bristol, Sheffield, Coventry,[4] Exeter, Cardiff, Glasgow, Antrim & Glamorgan were all present in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War.[2][3][5]

Sheffield and Coventry were lost to enemy action, 'Sheffield by air launched Exocet missile and Coventry to bombs. Glamorgan was struck by a modified air-launch Exocet[6] from a land-based launcher causing extensive damage, however she was not crippled.

Frigates[edit]

Type 22 - Broadsword, Battleaxe, Brilliant, & Brazen, Boxer,[Note 3] & Beaver[Note 3] + 2 planned
Type 21 (Amazon) Class - Amazon, Active, Ambuscade, Arrow, Alacrity, Avenger
Leander (Type 12l) Class -

Batch 1 (Ikara Group): Aurora, Euryalus, Galatea, Arethusa, Naiad, Dido, Leander, & Ajax.
Batch 2 (Exocet Group): Cleopatra, Sirius, Phoebe, Minerva, Danae, Juno, Argonaut, & Penelope
Batch 3 (Broad-Beamed Group): Achilles, Diomede, Andromeda, Hermione, Jupiter, Apollo, Scylla, Ariadne, & Charybdis

Rothesay Class - Yarmouth, Lowestoft,[Note 4] Brighton, Rothesay, Londonderry,[Note 4] Falmouth, BerwickStand-by Squadron, Plymouth, & Rhyl
Whitby Class - Torquay

Amphibious Units[edit]

Fearless Class (LPD) - Fearless, & Intrepid
Round Table Class (Landing Ship Logistics) - RFAs - Sir Bedivere, Sir Galahad, Sir Geraint, Sir Lancelot, Sir Percivale, & Sir Tristram
Logistic Landing Craft (RCT) - Ardennes, & Arakan
LCM 9 Type - 14 craft
LCM 7 Type - 2 craft
Avon Class (Ramp Powered Lighters) - Avon, Bude, Clyde, Dart, Eden, Forth, Glen, Hamble, Itchen, Kennet, London, & Medway.
LCVP -

LCVP 1: 9 craft
LCVP 2: 8 craft
LCVP 3: 9 craft


Landing Craft, Personnel - 3 craft

Mine Warfare Forces[edit]

HMS Abdiel[Note 5]
Hunt-class (MCMV) - Brecon, Ledbury, Cattistock, Cottesmore, Brocklesby, Middleton, Chiddingfold, Dulverton, & Hurworth
HMS Wilton[Note 6]
Ton Class -

Mine Hunters: Bilderston, Brereton, Brinton, Bronington, Bossington, Gavinton, Hubberston, Iverston, Kedleston, Kellington, Kirkliston, Maxton, Nurton, & Sheraton
Minesweepers: Alfringston, Bickington, Crichton, Cuxton, Glasserton, Hodgeston, Laleston, Pollington, Shavington, Upton, Walkerton, Wotton, Soberton, Stubbington, Lewiston, & Crofton.


Venturer Class - St. David, & Venturer
Ley Class - Aveley
Ham Class - Dittisham, Flintham, & Thornham

Ice Patrol Ship[edit]

HMS Endurance

Submarine force[edit]

Resolution Class Trafalgar Class
Swiftsure Class
Valiant Class
Churchill Class
Oberon Class
Porpoise Class

Notes[edit]

† - Royal Navy Reserve

  1. ^ Commissioned whilst underway on 20 June 1982
  2. ^ Launched 2 June 1982
  3. ^ a b In Build
  4. ^ a b Trials Ship
  5. ^ Exercise Minelayer
  6. ^ prototype Coastal Minesweeper/hunter

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, J, ed. (1982). Jane's Fighting Ships 1982-83 (85 ed.). London: Jane's Publishing Company. ISBN 0 7106-0742-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Woodward, John (2012). One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander (3 ed.). Hammersmith, London: Harper Collins. ISBN 9 780007 436408. 
  3. ^ a b c Sunday Express Magazine Team (1982). War in the Falklands, The Campaign in Pictures. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. ISBN 0 297 782029. 
  4. ^ a b Hart Dyke, David (2007). Four Weeks in May: The Loss of HMS Coventry, A Captain's Story. London: Atlantic books. ISBN 9 781843 545903. 
  5. ^ a b Freedman, Lawrence (2005). The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, Vol.1 - The Origins of the Falklands War. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge. ISBN 9 780714 652061. 
  6. ^ Inskip, Ian (2012). Ordeal by Exocet: HMS Glamorgan and the Falklands War 1982. Chatham: Frontline Books. ISBN 9 781848 321311.