HMS ARDENT (F184), ‘Gone but not forgotten’
Thirty three years ago today HMS ARDENT (F184) was severely damaged by bombs and rockets from Argentine aircraft whilst supporting troop landings in San Carlos waters in the Falklands conflict. She sank some 12 hours later with the loss of 22 lives.
Today many families and friends of the fallen, will attend a service of remembrance and witness the unveiling of the HMS Ardent Anchor Memorial by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester.
Let us remember the Royal Navy sailors and pay tribute to the fallen who call the ocean their grave.
It is understood that HMS ARDENT had a gun lineover the British landing troops, they had to stay in position, or else the troops were totally unprotected. HMS ARDENT was in a totally vulnerable position in the sound. Without ARDENT they could not have got ashore, had they got ashore without ARDENT they could not have stayed protected ashore.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
Lest We Forget.