I was hoping to keep this low key, but as it has been almost 35 years since the operation, maybe I won't, and maybe the secret squirrels won't knock on my door.
Recently I had a brief chat with a young man, who when the situation in Fiji came up, mentioned that his family had been there during a previous time of trouble.
He told me that his father, in the Royal AUSTRALIAN Navy had been to the Falklands... I asked if he had been on exchange duty with the Old Dart's Senior Service?
The answer was 'No'...................?
It seems that units of the RAN were positioned to be able to intervene if the Royal Navy was to take too many losses...
We all know that the RNZN sent a ship or too to help out with British NATO commitments, but to actually have Commonwealth forces ready to help out?
I can only imagine this to be a humanitarian mission. That is, if the Royal Navy copped a hiding, then the Royal Australian Navy would have been in a position to assist, covering the withdrawal, rather than the RAN actually getting mixed up in the naval battle for the Falklands. I imagine the RAN ships may have been the River Class (Aust built Leanders) or possibly the more potent Perth Class (Charles F Adams).
The fallout from the Argentinians attacking ships engaged in rescue / recovery / support missions may have been rather interesting.