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Andromeda didn’t arrive until shortly after. A Bofors is not going to be much use against an Exocet. Atlantic Conveyor was a 14,950 ton roll-on, roll-off container ship owned by Cunard. Stores and munitions were also transferred and a Lynx disembarked. The remaining Chinook, the famous Bravo November, would be kept flying with borrowed tools and improvised engineering but one thing was certain, the route to Stanley would be made largely on foot. Ade was truly a great young man and so much fun. She ran aground in 1995 and was scrapped at Alang, India, 1998. As the Atlantic Conveyor approached the Maritime Exclusion Zone the Harriers were de-bagged (stop laughing at the back) and further preparations made for disembarkation. An excellent piece, thanks for the original and the update. Next to be prepared was Bravo Tango, but her departure was not to be (see images below). Atlantic Conveyor (number one) taking on water from the navy lighter YSW 219 at pier 36 on her maiden voyage in May 1970. Our little group then started to prep all the remaining Chinooks, but it was slow going for so few people. Most famously, RFA Argus participated in OP GRITROCK, the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, and of course, a star turn in the Brad Pitt film, World War Z. MV Astronomer was another civilian container ship pressed into service for Operation Corporate. The missiles were so close together they were both on the same T.V. With only one Chinook available, priorities would mean that it would be largely used for supporting the Royal Artillery Light Guns. I think that it was all a rather grey area that was brought to light during Corporate. Checking for recipients of the Queens Gallantry medal from any point in time is easy and you will definately find it on-line if it happened. There is also the fact that she received an instruction to turn, which put her side on. The current travels around the edge of Antarctica, where the water cools and sinks again, as it does in the North Atlantic. Smeed 4 and D.P. ACL's Atlantic Cinderella also at pier 36. Three containers were sighted floating at the position where it was assumed she sank. SLCB0138 - ACL Container Ship - Atlantic Conveyor - Colour Slide. Oops! The citation Falklands War duties, saved men & equipment. Atlantic Conveyor sank whilst under tow on 28 May 1982. There has always been a debate as to whether we were hit by one or two missiles – it doesn’t really matter I guess, despite gallant efforts, there was nothing we could do to save her. In my mind is an image of one of the STUFTs mounting a pair of Bofors guns, but perhaps memory is playing tricks. All exist as questions, although perhaps a better word choice would have been controversy, or at least context explained, I tend to the view that there was a slight under appreciation of the value of Chinook in the RN and the same for the potential of the FOB, but both are entirely understandable because Chinook was only very recently in service, the RM did not use them and there was no cooperation between RAF and FAA on FOB capabilities beforehand, or any kind of experience on which to make reference to. It would go on to be sunk in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict, where it served as an aircraft ferry. He never even mentioned anything to his immediate family. It seemed quite funny at the time in a strange way and we were taking the piss out of them (gallows humour I suppose) then I can remember looking at them and seeing the shock in their eyes and the reality of what had just happened to them sank in. After a meeting at the MoD on the 14th April 1982 during which the concept was evolved, the SS Atlantic Conveyor was designated to carry a number of Harriers and helicopters south, the Harriers were to replace expected combat losses. we spent the next few hours first tied up alongside trying to firefight and rescue survivors but it was too rough and we were getting smashed together. I knew several of the lads who were on her and they were brought over to us. 54 merchant ships were taken up from trade (STUFT) to assist the armed forces during the South Atlantic conflict. To the best of our joint knowledge there were only two Royal Navy Reservists onboard. Stores were offloaded, loaded and re-stowed. Bravo Tango, (or Toilet), on the rear deck, was debagged, prep’d and bladed as the next due to leave. The Atlantic Conveyor had a less well-known sister ship that also took part in operations in the South Atlantic. The Conveyor was with us as we had been cross decking harriers and kit all day. In addition to the huge volume of stores, three Chinook, six Wessex and a Lynx helicopter were lost, including all their specialist tools, spares and manuals. Good read that. Because the Task Force tentage, heaters and most of the generators and lighting sets were lost with the Atlantic Conveyor, post ceasefire arrangements would be extremely challenging until additional stocks could be transported south. Stevens 5 1 ICARUS, Department of Geography, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland It definitely seems a ‘one off’. The large Chinook on the crowded deck of HMS Hermes caused some problems for aircraft movement and consideration was given to sawing the blades off and stowing below or even dumping it over the side in best Vietnam fashion. Another other significant implication of the sinking was on plans for the Harrier Forward Operating Base (FOB). Mr. Lee The Atlantic Causeway was taken up from trade and converted to transport aircraft and stores during the Falklands emergency. Although the loss of the Atlantic Conveyor ultimately did not change the result of the campaign and her primary mission of delivering the precious Harriers and Sea Harriers completed, her loss would be acutely felt. Mr. Dalyell asked the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost of converting the Atlantic Causeway into a ship capable of carrying helicopters. The system immediately acquired them and the T.V. Up until that point, she was the only vessel sunk in the conflict without a memorial. A global conveyor belt This Atlantic current is also called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or AMOC. This is game changing, I guess, and now there is no need to arm your Merchant fleet. The old Horizon documentary sets out the thinking why merchantman should not be armed: This brings back many memories , I served on the Hermes down South . I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I believe it makes a solid record of events. Atlantic Conveyor was a cargo ship owned by the British Cunard Line, launched in 1969. Thank You for your excellent piece which I have only just come across. Along with her sister ship, Atlantic Causeway, Atlantic Conveyor was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence at the beginning of the Falklands War through the STUFT system (Ships Taken Up From Trade). In fact there was nothing practical that could have been fitted that would have provided any meaningful defence. “There remains to this day a question of why the Atlantic Conveyor was not provided with a suitable Sea Wolf armed escort “. Three were lost on board and nine after entering the water. No story of the Atlantic Conveyor would be complete without some reference to the one that got away, Bravo November. All was not lost, though, supplementing the initial stores being used to build the FOB, on RFA Stromness was a small quantity of PSA (Prefabricated Surfacing Airfield) panels that were used for bomb damage repair and vertical take-off and landing pads. The stern container deck was also modified for helicopter operations. When I closed up to my action station I got kitted up I opened the weather deck access door for a peek to see what was happening. The Mediterranean’s deep water pours into the Atlantic at a rate of two meters (about 6.5 feet) per second and helps raise the overall salinity of the Atlantic Ocean. The RCS of Atlantic Conveyor was far greater than the upper limit for which chaff would have offered any benefit. P&P: + £4.00 P&P . the Royals put up a proper fight over many hours and inflicted many more casualties on the Argentine forces. Initially numbered D306 (and never named by BRBritish Rail or British Railways), the locomotive entered service in BRBritish Rail or British Railwaysdiesel green livery at Crewe on 13 October 1960, moving to Edge Hill later the same year. DD Antrim, RFA Stromness, Transports Canberra, Norland to South Georgia. Although we never got near the rear deck again because of thick acrid smoke, it might be an interestingly fact to some that despite the intricate start-up sequence normally required, Bravo Tango’s APU started all by itself as the aircraft started to burn. But I never understood why they were so unprotected in a A number of warships including HMS Alacrity deployed chaff countermeasures but whilst lured into the chaff cloud, the missiles flew through it and detected the Atlantic Conveyor. The Sea Harriers and Harrier GR3’s, after a series of record-breaking single seat ferry flights from the UK, were flown onto the Atlantic Conveyor. I could see her clearly ablaze especially around the superstructure lads running up and down the deck donning there once only survival suits and going over the side as she was that close to us. The containers on the deck were used for storing fresh water and oxygen, accommodation for 100 personnel of all three services, and workspaces for maintenance. It was a much more comprehensive version of what was originally installed, cost £25m. She was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence for service in the Falklands War. It carries warm water along the Atlantic Ocean surface, moving from south to north. CLICK to enlarge/BACK to return. Finally – To Colin Enticknap. You still see people discussing it i.e it exists, Much like the like the chaff and warning receivers in a legal context is a question. By then, the ‘British Military Machine’ was starting to move…. A slight tangent. An insight to the Falklands War that a lot of people will never know about. In the map below you can see that it is part of a global ocean circulation. While the rescue attempt were being carried out on Coventry two low aircraft were spotted at about 26 miles away from the force. The vessel's current speed is 0 Knots. It’s almost like a bullet ricochet, you never know where the round is going to go, and in this case, sheer bad luck is to blame for putting the Atlantic Conveyor right in the path of the rogue missiles. Held you close to her soul, I was embarked on the Conveyor (848 NAS) at this time. Vertical water movement is driven by seawater density - a function of temperature and salinity; so this part of the ocean circulation is known as the thermohaline circulation (THC) referring to temperature (~thermo) and salinity (~haline). On the 25th April she deployed to the South Atlantic converted to operate fixed and rotary wing aircraft and loaded with stores and equipment for the Falkland’s Task Force. During her time in the Falkland Islands, the MV Astronomer carried out all manner of aviation support, patrol and logistics activities. no ESM systems, no radars, takes too long to warn by radio, etc), there was little point in fitting them. atlantic conveyor Information The vessel ATLANTIC CONVEYOR (IMO: 8215534 ) is a Container Ship built in 1985 (35 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of Unknown . The vessel's current speed is 0 Knopen. It would go on to be sunk in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict, where it served as an aircraft ferry. Additional Harrier GR.3 modifications included tie down points on the outriggers, changes to the nose wheel, various holes either drilled or plugged and changes to the navigation system, all to allow them to deploy from aircraft carriers. Individual members of the crew may not be armed, as they are not combatants (though they are civilians directly participating in hostilities), but the vessels can be equipped with weapons for self defence. There is also the point that on the 25th, Broadsword was paired with Coventry and might have been positioned for covering ACO. Also Portacabins were fitted and used for the extra accomodation, not containers. Needless to say as a family we still morn the Great loss of Adrian. The Atlantic Ocean plays host to a perpetual conveyor belt that transports heat from the equator up to the North Atlantic. Annoyingly, myself and another from the Sqn should have joined BN as groundcrew when she next took off, but in the rush to clear Hermes deck as you say, it left without us. Photo of ATLANTIC CONVEYOR (RoRo ship, IMO: 8215534, MMSI: 266018000, Callsign: SCKM, Flag: Sweden, Photo-ID: 3072885) taken by b47b56. The bravery and calm heard over the radio was amazing. 18 Squadron RAF were flown to the Atlantic Conveyor, rotor blades removed and the airframes protected with Dri-Clad covers and corrosion inhibitors. In fact, the climate of all of northwestern Europe greatly depends on this heat piracy associated with the Nordic Heat Pump, which helps move heat from the Caribbean into the northern North Atlantic, and even from the tropical regions of the South Atlantic. Agree with TAS regarding general legalities. This would have a significant bearing on the aftermath of the attack. All caused great concern for those climbing down the ladders when abandon ship was given. The impact of a shortage of helicopter lift on the decision to attack Goose Green and the subsequent tactics is interesting to debate but the most significant impact would be the decision to send 5 Infantry Brigade to land at Bluff Cove with its subsequent losses. The eventual defensive armament fit for RFA’s was through a major effort by an RFA Captain, Gordon Butterworth, who was attached to the MoD, who brought some reality to the Civil Servants of the day. The Evening Light had faded Had he have been on the ground he would have been armed with some kind of weapon. A 40 mm gun will be no help, and 20mm CIWS (= the only possible measure for ASM defense), was not popular and not easy to purchase around 1982. On 11th June the British force mounted a brigade-sized night attack on Argentine positions in the mountains surrounding Stanley and three days later, after heavy fighting in the area, the Argentine garrison surrendered. BRd3012 Handbook on the Law of Maritime Operations refers – if you can get it. Right on SeaCat (world’s first unguided missile), wrong on Sea Wolf – which is why T22s Broadsword, Brilliant and later Andromeda were in such high demand – system was newly in service and insufficient ships with the beggars to go around. As it happens he was on a ship with no protection at all!! Despite repeated efforts of the crew of The Irishman, she sank in the early hours of the 28th of May, 1982. He was 20 yrs old!!!! This is known as the "Atlantic Heat Conveyor" or also the "Nordic Heat Pump." There are strange claims to sightings of a British submarine and a hitherto unknown group of SBS troops that blew up a Arg landing craft killing 30+ men. We therefore spent most of the second night at sea hosing down aircraft and decking as Avtur rained down on us until all the remaining fuel could be pumped overboard. On the 27th at 50305 5451W, the Atlantic Conveyor was again sighted and although the bow section had been completely destroyed by exploding cluster bombs and fuel, a decision made to attempt to bring her under tow using the tug, The Irishman, one of the STUFT vessels. No wonder he was a bit odd at times……. The journey to the Maritime Exclusion Zone (MEZ) took until the 19th of May and during that time, one Sea Harrier was kept on ‘Deck Alert 20’ in the ‘anti-shadower’ role to protect against Argentine Air Force 707 reconnaissance flights. There is no restriction on providing them with a self-defence capability as we are expecting vessels to operate in a hostile environment. “In my mind is an image of one of the STUFTs mounting a pair of Bofors guns, but perhaps memory is playing tricks”. The Atlantic Causeway was returned to service with ACL and Contender Bezant converted to RFA Argus but it was the MV Astronomer that would be the focus of trials and experimentation for the auxiliary aviation support vessel concept. Third Engineer Brian Robert WILLIAMS, Merchant Navy. After unloading all cargo and containers, she was sailed to Devonport and converted to the helicopter forward support ship, sailing South on the 8th of June 1982. The explosion and following fire lead to the death of six crew and three servicemen, including its well liked Capt. 2. We picked up a life raft with about 24 in while we were doing this about five floated past, they looked dead a couple had put their survival suits on wrong and were floating feet up. She was built along with six other container ships, each named with the prefix Atlantic, and each sailing under different national flags for different companies. The current position of ATLANTIC CONVEYOR is in Arabian Sea with coordinates 21.42974° / 72.22123° as reported on 2017-10-08 15:11 by AIS to our vessel tracker app. Oceans Slowdown of Atlantic conveyor belt could trigger ‘two decades’ of rapid global warming A slowdown in the Atlantic Ocean current bringing warm water up to Europe from the tropics could trigger “a period of rapid global surface warming”, a new study suggests. We saw them hit the middle of the “Conveyor” and the explosion seemed to go through her and out the other side. No question whatsoever. Holliday 4, D.A. The Atlantic conveyor is a vast ocean current with 16 times more volume than all of the rivers of the earth combined. Ironically French missiles and his wife is French. It must never Happen again monitor. With the Harriers no longer on board, the main mission of the Atlantic Conveyor had been achieved. A brilliant seaman, brave in war, immensely revered and loved his contribution to the Campaign was enormous and epitomised the great spirit of the Merchant Service. Would love your thoughts, please comment. Images of the prone Royal Marines were iconic but what was not widely known at the time was that the soldiers that ordered the Royal Marines to do so were admonished by an Argentine officer who then requested the Royal Marines stand up and be proud of themselves. 4. And the speed that it was accomplished. Occasionally mounted and tested before being re-stowed. The question of defensive systems not being fitted to Atlantic Conveyor and other STUFT ships has come up many times. I didn’t know this until last week when I read the report. the FOB and the means to create it (engineering plant etc.). A short tour to the Falkland Islands was followed by decommissioning of the ARAPAHO equipment and sales of the vessel back to the MoD. Unknown British Royal Marine [as leaving, to Argentine guard]. Multiple sources are clear that it was two missiles. The Atlantic Conveyor was built on the Tyne by Swan Hunter and delivered to Cunard in 1970 as part of their contribution to the Atlantic Container Line consortium. She was built along with six other container ships, each named Atlanticand sailing under different national flags for different companies. Have we lost of the art of digging in and building field defences? We then saw them – contacts double (obviously missile release) as the missiles started in. It is difficult to see how the Royal Artillery could have kept up the intense Light Gun firing rate without the heavy lift provided by Bravo November. Argentine commanders correctly assumed that the opportunity to dislodge British forces from San Carlos had passed and their best course of action was to disrupt the sustainment of the blockade. The adjective thermohaline derives from thermo-referring to temperature and -haline referring to salt content, factors which together determine the density of sea water. One must remember in 1982 UK forces were configured for ‘Cold War’ NATO tasks and expeditionary capabilities did not have the same priority as given to the expected Warsaw Pact thrust into Western Europe. The four were later joined by the Cunard Steamship Company and the French Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (CGT). And Then The Shepherd Him most High Within 48 hours of our departure, two of the rearmost upper containers on the port side started leaking Aviation fuel, which came as a shock to most. It was only extreme mischance that causes them to lock on to another target. Photos of ATLANTIC CONVEYOR (MMSI: -8215534) Browse and rate photos uploaded by our community. Morale was pretty low for a time. My friend Derek Bernard Andrews recently passed away. Then the cold water sinks and flows south again. A working test was completed for Mexeflote/Rear Ramp access and the installation of a landing pad. I recall vividly hauling some bodies on board, we had nowhere to store them, so we had to temporarily stow them in one of our ammunition stores. Design faults meant the system was not watertight and the landing pad surface was so coarse, it resulted in a great deal of aircraft tire damage. The total cost of conversion and restoration was about £2 million. During the operation, she received 4000 helicopter landings and refuelled aircraft 500 times, an impressive feat for a conversion and restoration that cost £2 million. This is made up of the “Gulf Stream” to the south and the “North Atlantic Current” further north. The ship left on the night of the 7th of May and the next day, the Harriers were covered with the same Dri-Clad bags that protected the helicopters. He wrote that in May 1983 he was awarded The Queens medal for gallantry. Jumping to the present day, do not nuclear fuel/cargo ships have a 30 or 35mm turret? He recounted to his wife that he had been injured in some way and that during treatment on another ship (which could have been Hermes) he had a bad allergic reaction. Not even the tough little Sir Galahad. It is easy to see things with perfect 20:20 hindsight and be wise after the event but I think any discussion must take into account the incredibly short time in which conversion and operations took place and the comparative risks to the operational success of protecting the Atlantic Conveyor and protecting the carriers. The modification package for the Atlantic Conveyor included covering the container hold with steel plates, fitting a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) system, creating a system of shelters and equipment stores on the deck using ISO containers/portacabins and installing additional communications equipment. If you have the facilities to check, we were informed to change position with her! Hi Arnie, thanks for your very kind words, actually quite touched me to be honest, am glad you found it OK. Now nearly two mile adrift, aircrew circling overhead only noticed him in the water because they were watching LOX tanks bob past the burning aft of the ship. Due to the short timescales, the decision that the ship was not "a high-value unit" and a co… Memorial – There is/was a Memorial wall to ACO built at a cove just outside Kelly’s Garden, by Port San Carlos in 1983. During WW2 CAM ships (Catapult Aircraft Merchantmen) launched an old Hurricane on a one way trip to shoot down German Condors that stalked the convoys. The vessel might have been stationed further east until the Chinook’s were ready to fly off, and some of the FOB stores and plant distributed on other vessels, perhaps she could have even stayed in a safer area until the Seawolf armed HMS Andromeda arrived on the 26th. The night was still and cold During the attack on the Atlantic Conveyor, Bravo November was moving a netted cargo of Lynx spares and was therefore still in the air, after being ordered to hold the position for a short period the helicopter returned to HMS Hermes. Atlantic Conveyor was a 14,950 ton roll-on, roll-off container ship owned by Cunard. Halterm's first container crane is still under construction in the background, and there are still sheds on pier B. After departure, a number of the containers used for fuel storage leaked, and the aftermath of that would talk a great deal of effort to resolve. It was a terrible feeling knowing it could have been you and so it goes on. He was eventually ordered to the upper deck to abandon ship. 43 sailed for the South Atlantic with Merchant Navy crews and Naval Parties embarked, before the Argentine surrender on 15th June. The 12 men killed in the sinking of the Atlantic Conveyor were: I thought this, from the London Gazette for Captain North, was fitting at this point. The graphic below shows the two main features of the AMOC: the first is the flow of warm, salty water in the upper layers of the ocean northwards from the Gulf of Mexico (red line). Have tweaked the content to add context to the Seawolf thing. HC Deb 22 December 1983 vol 51 c424W 424W. I believe that he was a RNR volunteer and into radio communications. With CAMMs, 1 or 2 frigate will be able to air-cover the RFA and merchant vessel fleets. Was serving aboard HMS Alacrity at the time. The news of the Atlantic Conveyors loss came as a bitter blow. I reached for a pen and wrote these words. You might want to consider adding that when MARTSU finally ejected the forward LOX tanks overboard it bizarrely saved the life of Sgt Hitchman (18 Sqn) who, unbeknown to anyone had jumped overboard from below decks as soon as the Exocets hit. The Atlantic Conveyor was instructed to be ready to move to San Carlos Water on the 25 th of May under cover of darkness to disembark all helicopters and begin transferring all stores using Mexeflote’s and landing craft at first light. The surface circulation consists of several large gyres - 5 in the subtropics, and 2 in the Northern Hemisphere subpolar regions (figure 1). As I recall the Exocet(s) were aimed at us and the carriers, but we sent up loads of chaff which confused the missile(s), which carried on past us and then, as programmed, they hunted for the next large object which happened to be Atlantic Conveyor, about a mile away from us? Harriers and Sea Harrier teams started preparations; the Harrier GR.3 was fitted with radar warning receivers and even modified to carry and fire the Sidewinder air to air missile. Each of them displaced just under 15,000 tonnes and after construction, all started to traffic transatlantic routes and those to North Africa. Rue Britannia! Cold, salty water sinks in th… The Atlantic Conveyor was instructed to be ready to move to San Carlos Water on the 25th of May under cover of darkness to disembark all helicopters and begin transferring all stores using Mexeflote’s and landing craft at first light. On May 25, 1982 it was struck by two Exocet missiles fired from an Argentinian aircraft. The Atlantic Conveyor was therefore NOT to be an aircraft carrier conversion, but primarily a transport vessel for Harriers and Chinook’s. I don’t fully understand the legalities put forward re defensive armament of ‘auxiliaries’. 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