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Falklands War Admiral Sandy Woodward Dies Aged 81

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An admiral who led Britain's task force in the 1982 Falklands War has died after a long illness, aged 81, his daughter has told the BBC.


First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas said he would be remembered for his "powerful and clear command" of the Royal Navy Task Force.

'Fighting Admiral'

"Undaunted by the challenge of fighting a capable enemy over 8,000 miles from the UK, in the most demanding and extreme of weather conditions, and against uncertain odds, Admiral Woodward's inspirational leadership and tactical acumen - meshing the realities of the higher political command at home with the raw and violent fight at sea - was a major factor in shaping the success of the British forces in the South Atlantic," he said.

He wouldn't be commanding any carriers now.

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"First Sea Lord Admiral Sir". I think I deserve that title! I went on a canal boat once! :blink:

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During part of the interview, Sir Sandy said something very interesting;

“To have a Royal anywhere near the front line is a bloody nuisance for the rest of the front line.

You have to take extra precautions that he doesn’t get shot down, that his plane doesn’t fail. You maintain it three times as carefully.

If you have a Royal on board your ship it is the end of your career if he gets so much as a scratch. It’s never said, but it goes without saying.”

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