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Falklands’ HMS Conqueror which sank Belgrano to be exhibited at UK memorial centre

Tuesday, March 17th 2015 - 08:06 UTC
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 HMS Conqueror contributed to the sinking of the Argentine cruiser, at the cost of 323 lives is due to be allocated in a commemoration to the 1982 British fleet HMS Conqueror contributed to the sinking of the Argentine cruiser, at the cost of 323 lives is due to be allocated in a commemoration to the 1982 British fleet
The Sunday Express reported that the British submarine, currently moored in Plymouth, is due to become the Britain’s first post-war battleship available for public visits The Sunday Express reported that the British submarine, currently moored in Plymouth, is due to become the Britain’s first post-war battleship available for public visits

The first British nuclear submarine to fire at Argentine battle cruiser General Belgrano during the Falkland Islands conflict is to be exhibited at a memorial centre, the UK-based Sunday Express reported on Sunday. The HMS Conqueror — known for having contributed to sinking of the Argentine cruiser, at the cost of 323 lives — is due to be allocated in a commemoration to the British fleet used during 1982 South Atlantic conflict.

 In May, 1982 the sinking of the General Belgrano by the British Royal Navy shocked Argentina as the former US light cruiser was reportedly outside a British maritime exclusion zone, in one of the defining moments of the conflict. Almost three decades after, in 2011, controversy has returned it to the spotlight after documents revealed it had orders to enter the exclusion zone on the day it was sunk.

Now the Sunday Express has reported that the British submarine, currently moored in Plymouth, is due to become the Britain’s first post-war battleship available for public visits as the heart of a “memorial fleet” staged by the new charity National Maritime Trust, which is spearheaded by Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman.

The trust told the newspaper that the idea is “to build a Falklands War Museum” as part of a wider “historical theatrical experience,” including other British ships, he explained.

This is not the first time that controversy has pushed the Falkland Islands into the spotlight due to commemorative actions. A few days ago, Britain derided a new 50-peso Argentine banknote featuring the disputed Malvinas Islands as a “stunt”.

On June 10 last year, Argentine President Cristina Fernández inaugurated a memorial about the 1982 war at the former Navy Mechanics School (ESMA) clandestine detention centre.

The Argentine leader justified building the museum at the former ESMA concentration camp, where thousands were illegally detained and tortured during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, because “there is only one history, it cannot be split.” The memorial has been placed in an open square outside the building that reproduces the geography and landscape of the Falklands/Malvinas.

Memory “is one of the main pillars” of the Kirchnerite administration, Cristina Fernandez said last year during the inauguration. She also explained that the Malvinas museum was aimed at vindicating the country’s long-standing sovereignty claim over “the British-seized territories” through a War Memorial commemorating the 649 Argentine soldiers killed during the South Atlantic conflict Buenos Aires and London fought over the sovereignty of the resource-rich archipelago.

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  • zathras

    Lets be clear...
    There was an inner exclusion zone where any vessels (military or otherwise) would be attacked without warning.
    There was an outer exclusion zone where only military vessels were targeted by our rules of engagement.
    basically anywhere outside the inner zone or national territorial waters.
    The Belgrano was in the outer zone, a military and legitimate target.

    We had cracked the Argy coded and knew her orders were to move with her Exocet Armed Destroyer Escorts North and engage the Fleet.

    If the Destroyer escorts had not run away when she was hit, many lives would have been saved.

    Mar 17th, 2015 - 08:39 am 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    1 zathras
    Absolutely correct. Belgrano had clear intent and got put in her place.

    I'll look forward to visiting Conqueror when she's open to the public.

    Mar 17th, 2015 - 08:43 am 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Excellent riposte to the continuing pointless and stupid RG posturing. Well done HMG!

    Mar 17th, 2015 - 09:05 am 0
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