Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has paid tribute to the 'magnificent achievement' of Sir John Woodward in taking the Falklands during his career.
I am saddened by the news that Admiral Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward, has died and my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Admiral Woodward served his country with distinction throughout his career, but he will be best remembered by many as the Navy's Fighting Admiral after he led the Royal Navy Task Force, sent by Margaret Thatcher, to re-take the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Following this magnificent achievement he served as the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff and went on before retirement to be the Flag Aide-de Camp to the Queen.
Born: May 1 1932 in Penzance.
Training: Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
Best known for: Leading British forces during Falklands conflict.
Interesting fact: Penzance is mainland Britain's closest major town to Argentina.
The start of Sir John's Navy career saw him working as a submarine specialist. Jobs with the Ministry of Defence and in training roles in the '70s gave way to him taking command of HMS Sheffield between 1976 and 1977.
It was after serving as director of naval plans between 1978 and 1981 that he was assigned to lead the British task force sent to the Falklands.
As well as his leadership during the conflict, Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward later went on to advise Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet and becoming Flag Aide-de Camp to the Queen.
With the Falklands conflict never far from his mind, he wrote his memoirs of his time in command during the war in One Hundred Days. Sir John was knighted in 1982
David Cameron has paid tribute to the "heroic command" of Sir John "Sandy" Woodward during the Falklands conflict. He said: "We are indebted to him for his many years of service and the vital role he played to ensure that the people of the Falkland Islands can still today live in peace and freedom."
Sir John Woodward's military leadership during the Falklands conflict resulted in one of the most historic victories for British forces.
First Sea Lord Adm. George Zambellas paid tribute to Woodward, saying he had been "undaunted by the challenge of fighting a capable enemy over 8,000 miles from the U.K., in the most demanding and extreme of weather conditions, and against uncertain odds."
In a military career spanning more than 40 years, Woodward was later deputy chief of the defense staff and flag aide-de camp to Queen Elizabeth II.
Sir John "Sandy" Woodward, the commander of the Royal Navy task force that retook the Falklands Islands in 1982, has died aged 81, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed today.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond commended Admiral Woodward on his "magnificent achievement" and said he would be remembered by many as the Navy's "fighting admiral".Admiral Woodward reportedly died after a long illness.
More than 2,300 guests will attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral today, including 50 Falklands Veterans.
Speaking to Daybreak, Falklands veteran Simon Weston said: "Whatever else goes on and whatever people want to say about today somebody's died."
He added, "we're talking about somebody who is dead, it's not going to affect her a single jot, all people will remember is the lack of dignity that we have shown."
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An Argentine company has created a new version of the 'Counter Strike' video game in which players fight British "terrorists" on the Falkland Islands.
The new setting attracted over 9,000 downloads within the first few hours of its release.
A spokesman for Dattatec, who created the setting, said: "It's a game – we say so in the opening credits – and we have certainly not set out to be provocative."
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