HMS Ardent

Falkland Islands,South America

HMS Ardent was laid down by Yarrow Shipbuilders Limited in Glasgow, and was launched in May 1975. She was commissioned in October 1977, and entered service in 6th Frigate Squadron. After finishing exercises in Norwegian waters, she sat sail towards Argentinian waters after the outbreak of the Falkland war in May 1982. While she participated in Operation Sutton and bombarded the Argentinian airbase at Goose Green 21.May, she was attacked by Argentinian A-4 Skyhawk airplanes. She was heavily damaged in these attacks, and was forced to set course towards Port San Carlos. Outside Grantham Sound she was again attacked by Argentinian airplanes, and order to abandon ship was given. She burned all night and went down in the deep 06:30 in the morning. The wreck rest today standing on her keel on a depth of 20 to 35 meter and is considered a protected site.

Former names:
HMS Ardent
384,0 x 41,9 x 19,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3250 displ
Glasgow ( UK ) 1975 Devonport ( UK )

51°39'38" S   59°8'12" W
( Source: Wikimapia )

Picture: HMS Ardent
Courtesy of Daily Mail