Launched in May 1975 HMS Ardent was damaged and sunk as a result of Argentine bombs in the Falklands on the 21 May 1982 in which 22 shipmates were lost as a result. Although Ardent’s war was brief the ship played a key part in the Battle for Falkland Sound which resulted in the successful landing of British troops onto the Falklands. You can find out more about Ardent’s Falkland War in our story section.
There is also an extensive book that documents this piece of British history; Through Fire and Water: HMS Ardent – The Forgotten Frigate of the Falklands War by Mark Higgitt, more here.
The older HMS Ardent website is slowly being migrated to this new format with a target date of completion of December 2013. The reason for the change is to bring greater flexibility to the running of the website using newer technology and better integration into social sharing websites like Facebook which more people use now.