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HMS Sheffield




HMS Sheffield was built by Vickers shipbuilding her keel was laid on 15 January 1970 and the ship was commissioned by the Royal Navy on 16 February 1975, the type 42 guided missile destroyer is 410 feet long with a beam measuring 47 feet she weighed in at 4100 tonnes and was powered by four Rolls-Royce engines HMS Sheffield’s was equipped with two surface-to-air missile launchers, a 4.5 inch gun and one Lynx helicopter.



Following the outbreak of the Falklands War on 2 April 1982 the HMS Sheffield was assigned to the task force dispatched on 5 April 1982 by the British government, the naval task force comprised of a total of 127 ships.

As the task force approached the Falklands the HMS Sheffield along with other ships was on the outer perimeter of the fleet providing protection for the larger ships this was known as picket duty.

On May 4, 1982 HMS Sheffield had been on defence watch when her sister ship received the message "Sheffield is hit", other ships from the Fleet were sent to investigate, but soon afterwards HMS Sheffield's helicopter unexpectedly landed on the deck of HMS Hermes and officers from Sheffield were able to confirm that she had been attacked.

HMS Sheffield had been hit by an Exocet missile fired from a French built aircraft, the radar system on the HMS Sheffield was an old system and did not pick up the missile that had being launched just above sea level by the time Sheffield's radar system had picked up the object the crew had no time to react, the missile struck ship 8 feet above the waterline tearing a gash in the hull measuring 10' x 4' as well as setting fire to the ship, during the explosion Sheffield's water supply was damaged preventing anti-fine mechanisms from working allowing the fires to burn out of control, although the ship was badly damaged it wasn't expected to sink, members of the crew that were not injured had to wait their turn to be evacuated while more serious casualties were taken off the ship.

It was decided to tow HMS Sheffield away from the rest of Fleet while the ship was under tow the weather deteriorated allowing water into the damage hull of the ship, a decision was taken to sink the HMS Sheffield by scuttling, she disappeared under the waves on 10 May 1982 the coordinates 53°04′S, 56°56′W.

As a result of the attack on the Sheffield 20 of her crew perished and the wreck site is designated war grave.



Video's  of  HMS Sheffield During The Falklands Conflict and Life on board the ship    (Contains scenes some may find distressing)




Ship Specifications


  • Size:Small
  • Type :Missile Destroyer
  • Length: 410 feet
  • Beam: 47 feet
  • Tonnage: 4,100
  • Speed: 30 knots
  • Crew: Aprox 287
  • Armament: 2 x surface to air missiles, 1x 4.5 inch Gun
  • Current status: Sunk After Argentine Air Attack in 1982 During The Falklands Conflict, the wreck lies at co-ordinates 53°4'0"S   56°56'15"W

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