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."
All three Armed Services are to play a role Baroness Thatcher's funeral with particular reference to the Falklands conflict.Read the full story ›
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."
Wide divisions within the Conservative Party over their response to Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands have been revealed.Read the full story ›
Ken Clarke, along with Sir Timothy Raison, MP for Aylesbury, are attributed in private papers from 1982 with the view: "Hopes nobody thinks we are going to fight the Argentinians. We should blow up a few ships but nothing more."
Lady Thatcher had marked the comment with two blue biro lines.
Sir John Page was said to be "desperately depressed" by the situation and Ian Gilmour, later Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar, said: "We are making a big mistake. It will make Suez look like common sense."
Five MPS urged Lady Thatcher to "keep calm" adding "we can get away without a fight" while others were "all taking a hard line".A similar note the following day described Stephen Dorrell as "very wobbly".
It adds: "Will only support the fleet as a negotiating ploy. If they will not negotiate we should withdraw."Meanwhile referring to Keith Stainton, the note reads: "Intends to attack the Government. His wife has large interests in the Falklands."
Until now the backroom deliberations within the Conservative party over the Falklands have remained largely private but the notes are among those released by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust as it opens its files from a year which came to define Lady Thatcher's career.
They range from Ken Clarke, then a junior minister, arguing to "blow up a few ships but nothing more" to West Devon MP Peter Mills who warned "my constituents want blood".
On April 6, four days after the incursion, the Chief Whip, Michael Jopling, prepared a note for the Prime Minister saying: "You may like to have general re-action to events in the Falkland Islands."
A hand-written note by Baroness Thatcher gives some hints about how she grappled with her response to the Duke of York's deployment as part of the Falklands task force.
The note, prepared after April 2, 1982, possibly in preparation for a speech or press conference, shows that the Prime Minister settled on a brief but broadly supportive position.
"If asked about Prince Andrew it is the express wish of The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and of [Prince Andrew himself, that if the Invincible sails he sails with her," she wrote.However, this is followed by several sentences obscured by felt tip.
The deleted passage begins "I should not withhold consent".This itself has been amended to "I cannot withhold consent" before again being crossed out.The words which follow are difficult to decipher but end: "our courage are priceless assets which our Royal Family has (sic) themselves in abundance."
Lady Thatcher prepared the note for her own consumption and at that time had no reason to believe it would ever be made public.It is not therefore thought the crossing out represented any significant change of heart, simply her desire to ensure she delivered the correct message.