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History
Argentina
NameARA Narwal
OwnerCia Sudamericana de Pesca
BuilderBeliard-Murdoch, Ostend
Launched1962
IdentificationIMO number5247445
FateSank on 10 May 1982
General characteristics
Tonnage1,398 GRT
Length231 ft (70 m)
Beam38 ft (12 m)
Draught17 ft (5.2 m)
Installed power2330 h.p.
Propulsion2 x diesel engines

ARA Narwal was an Argentinian fishing trawler, equipped for ELINT purposes during the Falklands War and captained by Asterio Wagata.


Operational history

The ship had been given the task of shadowing the British fleet and performing ELINT operations along with other trawlers, and was observed for the first time by British air patrols on 29 April 1982.[1]

Narwal was heavily damaged in an attack by British Sea Harriers from HMS Hermes on 9 May 1982. The ship was hit by a 1000-pound bomb, but it failed to explode as it had been released below the lowest prescribed height and did not arm in time.[2] The bomb caused heavy damage and the Harriers then strafed the Narwal with their 30mm guns. The aircraft were Sea Harriers of Fleet Air Arm 800 Naval Air Squadron, flown by Fl Lt Morgan and Lt Cdr Batt. The two Harriers had been dispatched to Port Stanley for a bombing mission, but the mission was not completed due to low clouds over the target area. On the return leg to Hermes they discovered the ship and obtained permission to engage the target.[3]

A boarding party of British SBS men reached the target via a Sea King Mk.4 of 846 Naval Air Squadron and captured the ship dead in the water, taking off all of the men, and the body of Omar Alberto Rupp, the boatswain of the Argentine trawler, killed by the impact of the bomb. The Narwal was taken in tow, but sank the next day, 10 May.[3] Among those captured was Captain Juan Carlos González of the Argentine Navy's information services,[4] who was released after the war.

Aftermath

Omar Alberto Rupp was buried at sea by the British on 10 May.[5] Meanwhile, an Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma of the Argentine Army was sent to recover the crew of Narwal after receiving a distress signal, but was shot down by destroyer HMS Coventry with a Sea Dart missile, killing all three members of the crew.[5]

References

Notes

  1. ^ One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander, pp. 126-127
  2. ^ Sea Harrier Over The Falklands[page needed]
  3. ^ a b http://www.naval-history.net/F36opsweek6.htm Naval History - Part 26. HMS SHEFFIELD SUNK - WEEK SIX, Falkland Area Operations 3rd-9th May 1982
  4. ^ One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander, pp. 191-195
  5. ^ a b The sinking of the trawler Narwal in the Falklands War

Bibliography

  • Ward, Commander Nigel "Sharkey" (2003). Sea Harrier Over The Falklands. London: Cassell. ISBN 978-0-304-35542-6.
  • Woodward, Sandy with Patrick Robinson (1992). One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-652-3.

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