SS Atlantic Causeway
|Builder:||Swan Hunter, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom|
|Fate:||Scrapped in 1986|
|Class & type:||Container ship|
The Atlantic Causeway and her sister, Atlantic Conveyor were built by Swan Hunter as part of Cunard's contribution to Atlantic Container Lines, a European shipping consortium. The Atlantic Causeway was completed in 1969. With the outbreak of the Falklands War the Atlantic Conveyor was requisitioned on 14 April, and the Atlantic Causeway on 4 May to serve as transport and support ships for the Royal Navy taskforce being sent to retake the Falkland Islands.
Atlantic Causeway put into HMNB Devonport and was taken in hand on 6 May. She was converted to be able to carry and operate helicopters, and was also fitted with a ski jump to enable her to operate Sea Harriers. A hangar was fitted to her upper deck, and an improved system for delivering aviation fuel. She sailed from Devonport on 14 May carrying eight Sea King HAS.2As of 825 Naval Air Squadron and twenty Wessex HU.5s of 847 Naval Air Squadron. She sailed to the Exclusion Zone via Ascension Island, arriving on 27 May, two days after her sister, Atlantic Conveyor had been hit and burnt out by Exocet missiles. She then disembarked her aircraft and stores in San Carlos Water from 30 May, remaining on station with the rest of the British fleet. She took on casualties from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships RFA Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram after they were hit by Argentinian bombs and abandoned on 8 and 9 June. Around 170 of those transferred were later returned to Britain aboard the tankers British Trent and British Test. Atlantic Causeway entered Port William on 17 June to unload further supplies, before leaving to return to Britain on 13 July. She had received around 4,000 helicopter landings and refuelled about 500 aircraft.
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- Week Seven of the Falklands War
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- Falkland Area Operations, 31 May-6 June 1982
- MAIN BRITISH TASK FORCE RETURNS HOME
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