When Argentinian forces invaded the Falklands in April 1982, the British government responded by despatching a task force to the Atlantic to take back control of the islands.

The resulting war saw modern weapon systems tested in combat for the first time, to tragic effect. In the aftermath, official documents were released, but many were heavily censored, and others withheld altogether. Drawing from recently declassified and previously unpublished reports from the official inquiry, Dr Paul Brown details the true story behind the dramatic events that led to the loss of six British ships - HMS Antelope, Ardent, Coventry and Sheffield, RFA Sir Galahad and SS Atlantic. 

Join news editor Gavin Short in conversation with Dr Brown on his book Abandon Ship, the Real Story of the Sinkings in the Falklands War.

Photo - Abandon Ship cover image courtesy of Osprey Publishing

The review conducted in 2020 found no formal documented operational protocols, processes, procedures or guidance for operational delivery in the Fisheries Department. Also in this programme:

  • Plans are underway to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Falklands
  • The first of two new nurseries opened last week
  • Christ Church Cathedral described as a building in peril at a recent Historic Buildings Committee
  • Coroner finds death of seaman from TB could have been prevented
  • And the weekly update from the Royal Falkland Islands Police

The pool was closed for 18 months for refurbishments. Also in this programme: 

  • The Craft Exhibition was well attended over the weekend
  • Upgrades to the community school estate were discussed at the Education Committee meeting
  • The budget was announced on Tuesday
  • The weekly update from the Royal Falkland Islands Police
  • Islander Amy Guest talked about her newly started Ph.D. on the Subtidal Ecology of the Falkland Islands
  • And a paper on fish abundance presented at the fisheries meeting on June 3 showed a decline in some commercial fish species


The revocation of two work permits last year was found to be "procedurally unfair". Also in this programme:

  • 95 percent of over 18s in the islands have now been vaccinated against covid-19
  • A service of remembrance was held for Atlantic Conveyer
  • Quarantine restrictions to change in the Falklands
  • Building Regulations have been amended 
  • The Terms of Reference of the Environmental Committee are being reviewed, we speak to MLA Roberts about the decision
  • We talk about Geographical Information Services available in the Islands
  • MLA ELsby on quarantine accommodation availability 


The land mine was discovered near the shoreline and destroyed on Thursday. Also in this programme:

  • The Royal British Legion celebrated 100 years over the weekend
  • A service to mark Landing Day was held on Friday at San Carlos
  • MLA Spink talks about communications
  • It’s been six months since Yorke Bay was declared free of land mines and reopened, we speak to the police, the Environmental Department, and Falklands Conservation
  • Friday is Saint Helena Day and Government House held a reception to mark the occasion