HMS Antelope

Falkland Islands,South America

HMS Antelope was a type 21 frigate laid down at Vosper Thorncraft Group in Southampton in March 1971, and was launched in March 1972. She was commissioned in July 1975 as part of 7th Frigate Squadron. After the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands in May 1982, she set sail towards the South Atlantic waters and arrived 21. May in the San Carlos area, acting as air defense and escorting the resupply convoys. The following day she was attacked by four Argentinian A-4B airplanes and hit by two bombs that didn't explode. During work disarming these bombs, one suddenly exploded, ripping the hull open and started several fires that eventually ignited more explosions in the ammunition storage. She burned all night and broke in two parts the following morning and disappeared in the deep. The wreck rest today on a depth of 25 meter and is considered a protected site.


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HMS Antelope
F170
384,0 x 41,8 x 19,5 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3250 displ
Southampton ( UK ) 1972 ( UK )


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