HMS Argonaut

On the 21st of May, Argonaut was providing close escort for the amphibious vessels during the landing at San Carlos Water. HMS Argonaut was attacked twice by Argentinian aircraft. The first attack, by an Argentinian Navy's Aermacchi MB-339 caused some damage, including to her Type 965 Radar, while the second attack was launched by six fast A-4 Skyhawks. Two bombs hit Argonaut. Neither exploded, though unfortunately one of the unexploded bombs killed two sailors when it entered the ship's Sea Cat missile magazine and detonated two missiles there. HMS Plymouth came to the assistance of Argonaut and towed her away from immediate danger. Both bombs were still active, and it took a number of days to deactivate them, as this was very risky work, proven on the 24th May when Antelope sank after an unexploded bomb detonated while experts were attempting to deactivate it.

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