HMS Cardiff (D108)
HMS Cardiff in Portsmouth, c. 2005
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Namesake:||Welsh capital city of Cardiff|
|Builder:||Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering|
|Laid down:||6 November 1972|
|Launched:||22 February 1974|
|Commissioned:||24 September 1979|
|Decommissioned:||14 July 2005|
|Identification:||Pennant number: D108
Deck code: CF
|Motto:||Acris in cardine rerum
(Latin: "Keen in emergency")
|Nickname:||"The Welsh Warship"|
|Class and type:||Type 42 destroyer|
|Displacement:||4,000 t (3,900 long tons; 4,400 short tons)|
|Length:||125 m (410 ft)|
|Beam:||14.3 m (47 ft)|
|Draught:||5.8 m (19 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 × COGOG turbines producing 36 MW (48,000 shp), driving 2 shafts|
|Speed:||56 km/h (30 kn)|
|Range:||7,400 km (4,000 nmi) at 33 km/h (18 kn)|
|Aircraft carried:||Lynx HAS.3|
HMS Cardiff was a British Type 42 destroyer and the third ship of the Royal Navy to be named in honour of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. Construction was started by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and completed by Swan Hunter: Hawthorn Leslies Yard Hebburn in Tyne and Wear. Cardiff was launched on 22 February 1974.
During her career, Cardiff served in the Falklands War, where she shot down the last Argentine aircraft of the conflict and accepted the surrender of a 700-strong garrison in the settlement of Port Howard. During the 1991 Gulf War, her Lynx helicopter sank two Iraqi minesweepers. She later participated in the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq as part of the Royal Navy's constant Armilla patrol; Cardiff thwarted attempts to smuggle oil out of the country, but was not involved in the actual invasion.
Cardiff was decommissioned in July 2005, having earned two battle honours for service in the Falklands and Gulf wars. She was sent to Turkey for scrapping despite calls by former servicemen for her to be preserved as a museum ship and local tourist attraction in Cardiff.
The Type 42 destroyers (also known as the Sheffield-class) were made in three batches; Cardiff was built in the first. She cost over £30 million, which was double her original quoted price. Her keel was laid down on 6 November 1972, at Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd in Cumbria. The build was interrupted by a labour shortage at Vickers. To solve this problem, she was towed to Swan Hunter in Tyne and Wear and completed there.
Type 42s were designed as anti-aircraft vessels primarily equipped with the Sea Dart, a surface-to-air missile system capable of hitting targets up to 56 kilometres (30 nmi) away. Cardiff's secondary weapon system was a 4.5 inch Mark 8 naval gun, capable of firing 21-kilogram (46 lb) shells to a range of 22 kilometres (12 nmi). After the Falklands War, in which two Type 42s were sunk by enemy aircraft, the entire class was equipped with the Phalanx close-in weapon system, a Gatling cannon that fires 3,000 rounds per minute and is designed to shoot down anti-ship missiles.
Cardiff was launched on 22 February 1974 by Lady Caroline Gilmore. Following fitting-out and sea trials, Cardiff commissioned on 24 September 1979 under command of Captain Barry Wilson. During the next 12 months of active service she steamed over 21,000 kilometres (13,000 mi) and undertook various duties. She returned to her place of construction, Tyne and Wear, so that the Swan Hunter crew who fitted her out could exhibit the warship to their families. In the spirit of establishing a firm association, Cardiff visited her namesake city and welcomed more than 7,000 people on board. Her crew raised over £1,000 for local charities by participating in sponsored bicycle rides and dinghy rows from Portsmouth and Newcastle upon Tyne. BBC Radio Wales based an entire programme on her and she appeared on the BBC and ITV national television channels. In November 1979, Cardiff coordinated the search for survivors of the MV Pool Fisher, which sank off the Isle of Wight with the loss of most of her crew.
In 1980, she attended the annual Navy Days event at Portsmouth and Portland Harbour, receiving a total of 17,300 visitors. In October of the same year, she ventured abroad for the first time on a visit to Ghent, Belgium. She followed this with a fortnight of Sea Dart exercises on a range off Aberporth, in South Wales. Whilst in the region, the destroyer attended celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of Cardiff's city status.
Falklands War (1982)
On 2 April 1982, the disputed British overseas territory of the Falkland Islands was invaded by neighbouring Argentina. The United Kingdom, nearly 13,000 kilometres (8,000 mi) away, assembled and dispatched a naval task force of 28,000 troops to recapture the islands. The conflict ended that June with the surrender of the Argentine forces; the battles fought on land, at sea, and in the air had cost the lives of some 900 British and Argentine servicemen.
Just over a month before the start of the war, Cardiff, under the command of Captain Michael Harris, had begun a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf with the Armilla Patrol. Cardiff had relieved her sister ship and class lead Sheffield of this posting, but was herself redeployed to the Falklands effort on 23 April. She sailed alone to Gibraltar and rendezvoused on 14 May with the Bristol group of British warships already heading south to the islands.
During the journey, Cardiff's crew performed various training exercises, including defence against air attack (involving simulation runs by friendly Harrier and Jaguar aircraft), nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and Exocet anti-ship missiles. All British Type 42's involved in the war were instructed to paint two vertical black stripes down either side the middle of their ships. This would allow the Royal Navy submarines to distinguish them from the two Argentine Type 42's. On 22 May, an Argentine reconnaissance Boeing 707, no. TC-92 of the Argentine Air Force's Grupo 1, De Transporte Aereo Escuadron II (Spanish for "2nd Air Transport Squadron, Group 1"), was fired on by Cardiff. The aircraft was detected while shadowing the Bristol group, and Cardiff was ordered to drop back and engage. The ship fired two Sea Darts at the aircraft at 11:40 (local time) from maximum range; the first fell short and second missed due to evasive manoeuvres taken by the aircraft's crew. After the attack, TC-92 dropped below radar level and returned to El Palomar. On 25 May, Cardiff was tasked with the recovery of four Special Air Service (SAS) troopers, who had parachuted from a C-130 Hercules passing over the destroyer.
The Bristol group met up with the main task force on 26 May. Cardiff 's arrival allowed the damaged Glasgow to return to the United Kingdom for repairs. Cardiff's primary role was to form part of the anti-aircraft warfare picket, protecting British ships from air attack and attempting to ambush Argentine aircraft that were re-supplying Port Stanley Airport. She was also required to fire at enemy positions on the islands with her 4.5-inch gun. In one engagement she fired 277 high-explosive rounds.
Shortly after arrival, she was involved in the final Exocet raid against the aircraft carrier Invincible. In the early hours of 6 June, Cardiff shot down a friendly Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter (no. XX377 of 656 Squadron), in the belief it was a low flying enemy C-130 Hercules. All four on board were killed, the factors contributing to the accident were a poor level of communication between the army and navy, and the helicopter's "Identification Friend or Foe" transmitter had been turned off due to it interfering with other equipment. However a board of inquiry recommended that neither negligence nor blame should be attributed to any individual and that no action should be taken against any individual. The number "205" was later painted at the crash site ( ) as a memorial, the significance being that two of the helicopter's passengers were from 205 Signal Squadron. Approximately an hour after the shoot down, Cardiff spotted four landing craft carrying troops from the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Having been told there were no other British forces in the area, Cardiff's crew assumed they were Argentine, and fired illuminating star shells over them in preparation to attack. When the Guards saw the star shells and realised Cardiff's intentions, the officer in charge of the landing craft, Major Ewen Southby-Tailyour, moved them to shallow water in an attempt to outrun her. Cardiff, still closing on the craft, signalled to them a single word "friend" via Aldis lamp, Southby-Tailyour responded with "to which side". At this point Cardiff "left them alone", neither attacking or assisting them, nevertheless another "blue on blue" incident was avoided.
On the morning of 13 June, two Argentine Dagger aircraft attacked Cardiff's Lynx helicopter, no. 335 of 829 NAS, while it was searching in the Falkland Sound area. Poor weather had forced the Argentine craft to abandon their original mission of bombing Mount Longdon, and the third Dagger of their formation had suffered a mechanical failure and returned to base. The Lynx began evasive manoeuvres and dodged the attacks; the pilot, Lieutenant Christopher Clayton, was mentioned in despatches for his efforts.
Later that day, Cardiff shot down what would prove to be the last Argentine aircraft lost during the war, with a Sea Dart missile Canberra bomber B-108 of Grupo de Bombardeo 2 ("Bombing Group 2") en route to bomb Port Harriet House. The pilot, Captain Pastrán, managed to eject but the navigator, Captain Casado, (whose ejection seat may have been damaged by the missile) was killed. The remains of Captain Casado were discovered in 1986, and identified by DNA testing in September 2008.
Argentina surrendered on 14 June, and Cardiff was required to accept the surrender of a 700-strong Argentine garrison in the settlement of Port Howard on West Falkland a day later. Members of Cardiff's crew were used to man a captured Argentine patrol boat, renamed HMS Tiger Bay, in Stanley. Cardiff spent the rest of June acting as the Landing Area Air Warfare Controller (LAAWC) around San Carlos.
Over the course of the war, Cardiff fired nine Sea Dart missiles and one Mk 46 torpedo. She returned to the United Kingdom on 28 July 1982, having left the Falklands three weeks earlier along with Exeter and Yarmouth. Captain Michael Harris handed over command on 24 August 1982, after the annual maintenance period. Following the war, all Type 42 destroyers were fitted with Oerlikon 30 mm twin cannons port and starboard, for protection against airborne threats. These were later replaced by the Phalanx close-in weapon system.
Gulf War (1990–91)
When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait on 2 August 1990, British Secretary of State for Defence Tom King soon announced that the UK military contribution to the region was to be increased. A coalition of nations was formed, and a combined naval force entered the Persian Gulf and sailed north, neutralising the Iraqi Navy as it went, and then began conducting naval gunfire support and mine counter-measure missions in preparation for the main amphibious landing force.
Having returned from the Gulf in May 1990, after only a few months in UK Cardiff sailed again, as a reinforcement to Group X-Ray, Brazen, London and Gloucester who had sailed to relieve Armilla Group Whiskey, which consisted of Battleaxe, Jupiter and York. Cardiff and Gloucester were to form part of the air defence barrier along with Bunker Hill, Princeton and Worden protecting three United States aircraft carriers: Midway, Ranger and Theodore Roosevelt. Cardiff had other responsibilities, including surface surveillance and boarding operations, to maintain the security around the task force.
Royal Navy Lynxes worked in combination with US Seahawks during the Gulf War. The American helicopters lacked an effective anti-ship missile, but had superior surveillance capability compared to the British Lynx. They would locate hostile boats for the British helicopters, which would then attack the target with its Sea Skua missiles. In total, Lynx helicopters flew nearly 600 sorties during the Gulf War, while their crews and engineers maintained flying rates three times their norm.
Despite her parent ship dodging mines and maintaining the air defence line as the closest non-US to Kuwait for the first 4 weeks of the 1991 War, Cardiff's Lynx helicopter, no. 335 of 815 NAS, saw more of the combat in the Gulf War than Cardiff actually did. On 24 January 1991, no. 335 spotted Iraqi minesweepers and landing craft going to support the Iraqi land operations of the Battle of Khafji. 335 attacked and sank one - the first successful British naval engagement of the war. Later that day, Qaruh Island was captured by coalition forces, becoming the first Kuwaiti territory to be liberated. Overnight five days later (30–31 January 1991) with Lynxes from Gloucester and Brazen, no. 335 attacked at least two Iraqi missile firing fast patrol boats vessels exiting the Shatt Al Arab . Cardiff and 335 sank two more Iraqi ships in February. Cardiff and Brazen were relieved in mid February by Group Yankee, comprising Brave, Brilliant, Exeter and Manchester.
Post Gulf War
After the Gulf War, Cardiff's assignments included a deployment with the Standing Naval Force Mediterranean, a post Cold War NATO immediate reaction force in the Mediterranean, and counter-narcotics patrols in the West Indies, during which she also assisted with relief tasks on the island of Eleuthera in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Cardiff later returned to the Gulf for seven months.
On 14 October 1994, in response to renewed Iraqi deployment of troops near the Kuwaiti border, the US-led Operation Vigilant Warrior began. The operation was designed to deter Saddam's "sabre-rattling" by sending large amounts of allied military forces to Kuwait; Cornwall and Cardiff were the UK contribution. The operation ended on 21 December 1994, when Saddam pulled back his forces.
Upon her return to the UK from Operation Vigilant Warrior, Cardiff participated in the 1995 NATO exercise "Strong Resolve", a training exercise conducted every four years in dual crisis management. The ship next underwent Operational Sea Training (OST) at Portland, in preparation for assuming the duty of Fleet Ready Escort, which required a ship to be available to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice. After completing OST, she attended the 50th VE Day anniversary in Copenhagen and Oslo and provided navigational sea training for frigate and destroyer navigating officer candidates. A visit to her namesake city of Cardiff for VJ Day celebrations followed, after which she sailed to Plymouth for a trials and weapon training programme. She then took part in Operation Bright Star, a multi-national exercise conducted every two years in Egypt. In November, Cardiff became the first Royal Navy ship to enter the Lebanese capital of Beirut in 27 years, spurring the creation of the Beirut Phoenicians Rugby Club, followed by visits to Tunisia and Gibraltar.
In 2000, as part of the Royal Navy's Atlantic Patrol Task North, Cardiff spent six months in the Caribbean with RFA Black Rover. They provided relief aid to the island of Caye Caulker, near Belize, in the wake of Hurricane Keith. In addition to clearing routes, distributing supplies, and making buildings and electrical cables safe, Cardiff's surgeon and medical team monitored sanitation. In October, they also took part in the NATO exercise "Unified Spirit", held off the east coast of the United States. "Unified Spirit" is a training exercise conducted every four years in NATO-led "out-of-area" UN peace support operations. In the same year she participated in the US Navy Fleet Battle Exercise after her combat system was integrated into the Digital Fires Network.
Cardiff conducted her last Armilla patrol in early 2003. During her time in the Persian Gulf, Cardiff prevented more than £2 million of illegal cargo from being smuggled out of Iraq, inspected 178 vessels, and seized more than 25,000 tonnes of oil. The destroyer was relieved by Richmond before the beginning of the Iraq War and returned to Portsmouth on 4 April 2003. In late 2003, the ship was involved in the annual Sea Days demonstration exercise, and in October was used for tests of QinetiQ's Maritime Tactical Network.
In 2005, she participated in the Trafalgar 200 International Fleet Review, just two weeks before she was decommissioned. In this post Gulf War period, the Royal Navy's first female chaplain also served on board.
Decommissioning and fate
Cardiff was originally to be replaced in 2009 by Daring, the first of the Royal Navy's next generation Type 45 destroyers. However, it was announced in July 2004 that she would be one of a number of ships withdrawn from service early, in accordance with the "Delivering Security in a Changing World" white paper on the British military.
Cardiff was decommissioned on 14 July 2005, after making a final visit to her namesake city, where members of the public were allowed on board. She then stayed in Portsmouth Harbour at Fareham Creek ( ) alongside sister ship Newcastle, where both were heavily cannibalised to keep the remaining Type 42 Destroyers running.
On 21 November 2008, the two ships left Portsmouth for the last time for Aliağa, Turkey under tow. Scrapping took place in the same yard which was scrapping the Tuxedo Princess, a former ferry and floating nightclub that had been berthed underneath the Tyne Bridge. Following a decommissioning ceremony at Cardiff city hall, her bell was removed and is now mounted in the north aisle of St John's Parish Church in Cardiff. Calls were made for the conversion of the ship into a Cardiff tourist attraction by a Member of the National Assembly for Wales and former naval servicemen.
- "Ship-Town Links". Hansard. 15 May 1989. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
- "HMS Cardiff". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 9 July 2005.
- "Falklands Campaign Battle Honours". Hansard. 25 October 1983. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
- "Gulf Campaign Battle Honours". Hansard. 24 February 1993. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
- "HMS Cardiff’s final visit to city". BBC News. 6 July 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
- "Type 42 Sheffield class". MilitaryToday. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
- Aldrich, Richard James (1994). Intelligence, Defence, and Diplomacy: British Policy in the Post-War World. Taylor & Francis. p. 119. ISBN 0-7146-4140-5. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- Daniel, R.J (2003). The End of an Era. Periscope Publishing Ltd. p. 216. ISBN 1-904381-18-9. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- "Sea Dart". Royal Navy. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
- "114 mm (4.5 inch) Gun". Royal Navy. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
- "Type 42 destroyer". Haze gray and underway website. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
- Pike, John (9 January 2003). "MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS)". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
- "Visiting British Naval Ships British High Commission, Accra". Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Archived from the original on 16 December 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
- "Key facts: The Falklands War, Introduction". BBC News. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
- "Key facts: The Falklands War, Task Force". BBC News. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
- The London Gazette: . 13 December 1982. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
- "Deployment Diary". HMS Cardiff—The 1982 Ship's Company. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
- "Task Force Departures from Monday 10 May". Naval History Net. Retrieved 5 March 2008.
- "Report of Proceedings". HMS Cardiff—The 1982 Ship's Company. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
- Hart-Dyke, David (2008). "Chapter 2". Four Weeks in May. Great Britain: Atlantic Books. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-84354-591-0.
- Freedman (2005), p. 473.
- "Navy News — The Falklands Conflict — 22 May 1982". Navy News. July 1982. Retrieved 12 February 2008.[dead link]
- "Malvinas 20 Anos–Testimonios" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 April 2008.[dead link]
- Freedman (2005), p. 55
- "Navy News — The Falklands Conflict — 12 May 1982 — Glasgow's Day of Victory". Navy News. July 1982. Retrieved 5 April 2008.[dead link]
- "Black Buck, Victor, Vulcan, Engadine, Fort Grange in British Task Force Movements". Naval History Net. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
- "Falklands 25 — On this Day–14 June". Royal Naval Association Number 10 Area web site. Retrieved 13 February 2008.
- "Navy News — The Falklands Conflict — 2 June 1982". Navy News. Retrieved 2 April 2008.[dead link]
- Masakowski, Yvonne; Cook, Malcolm; Noyes, Jan (2007). Decision-making in Complex Environments. Ashgate Publishing. p. 197. ISBN 0-7546-4950-4. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
- Bolia, Robert S. "The Falklands War: The Bluff Cove Disaster" (PDF). Military Review (November–December 2004): 66–72. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
- "Stanley, Mount Kent, Mount Longdon, Top Malo House in Falkland Area Operations — Falklands War 1982". Naval History Net. Retrieved 5 March 2008.
- "L/Cpl. S. J. Cockton (Hansard)". hansard.millbanksystems.com. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
- Freedman (2005), p. 600.
- Anderson, Duncan (2002). The Falklands War 1982 (Essential Histories). UK: Osprey Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 1-84176-422-1. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
- "13 de Junio" (in Spanish). Argentine Air Force. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 8 October 1982. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
- Morgan, David (2007). Hostile Skies. London: Phoenix. p. 285. ISBN 978-0-7538-2199-2.
- "BAC MK-62 Canberra" (in Spanish). Argentine Air Force. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
- "Falkland Islands: Weekly Penguin News Update — MercoPress". en.mercopress.com. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
- "Type 42". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 5 April 2008.
- Hine 1991, pp. 39, 43.
- Gimblett, Richard H.; Morin, Jean (1997). Operation Friction, 1990–1991: Canadian Forces in the Persian Gulf. Toronto: Dundurn Press. p. 140. ISBN 1-55002-256-3. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
- Pokrant, Marvin (1999). Desert Storm at sea: what the Navy really did. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. p. 58. ISBN 0-313-31024-6. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
- Finlan, Alistair (2004). Royal Navy in the Falklands and the Gulf War: Culture and Strategy. London: Frank Cass. p. 151. ISBN 0-7146-5479-5. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
- Chant, Christopher (2001). Air War in the Gulf 1991 (Osprey Combat Aircraft 27). Osprey Aviation. p. 90. ISBN 1-84176-295-4. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
- Lawrence, Richard Russell (2003). The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness Naval Battles. Carroll & Graf. p. 637. ISBN 0-7867-1238-4. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
- Pike 2005.
- Larson, Eric V. (2003). Interoperability of U.S. and NATO Allied Air Forces: Supporting Data and Case Studies. Santa Monica, Calif: Rand. p. 61. ISBN 0-8330-3287-9. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
- "History". rugbylebanon.com. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
- "Cardiff — Back from sunnier climes". Royal Navy. Retrieved 4 March 2008.[dead link]
- "HMS Cardiff and RFA Black Rover assist in wake of Hurricane Keith". Royal Navy. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
Personnel from HMS Cardiff, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Simon Turnbull Royal Navy, and RFA Black Rover, under Captain Dale Worthington Royal Fleet Auxiliary, are relieving soldiers of No7 Company Coldstream Guards, who have been helping distribute relief aid on the island of Caye Caulker. HMS Cardiffs surgeon and medical team are on hand to treat any injuries and are monitoring the sanitation and health situation. In addition to clearing routes, making buildings safe and continuing to ensure food and water is distributed, the Ships Companies are also making safe electric cables so that no further damage is caused when power to the island is eventually restored.[dead link]
- "Unified Spirit". globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
- Committee for the Role of Experimentation in Building Future Naval Forces, Naval Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences ; National Research Council of the National Academies. (2004). The Role of Experimentation in Building Future Naval Forces. Washington, D.C: National Academies Press. p. 67. ISBN 0-309-08873-9. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
- "Armilla Patrol". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 11 February 2003.
- "HMS Cardiff returns from Gulf patrols". Royal Navy. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
Portsmouth warship HMS Cardiff returns home on Friday 4th April from successful anti-smuggling missions in the Persian Gulf. During six months away the Type 42 destroyer prevented more than £2m of illegal cargo being smuggled out of Iraq before the war started. Captain Tim Fraser, Cardiff's Commanding Officer, said his crew were glad to be back after a busy and demanding operation during which they boarded 178 vessels and seized more than 25,000 tonnes of oil. Cardiff handed over her Armilla duties last month to Portsmouth frigate HMS Richmond.[dead link]
- Scott, Richard (1 November 2003). "Sea Days 2003". Jane's Navy International (Jane's Information Group).
- Ebbutt, Giles (1 September 2004). "QinetiQ tests Maritime Tactical Network". Jane's Navy International (Jane's Information Group).
- "Trafalgar 200 — Media Information". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 15 November 2005. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
- "Royal Navy's first female Chaplain retires". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
- "House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 17 Mar 2000 (pt 3)". Hansard. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
- "Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities (Cm 6269)" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
- "HMS Cardiff heads off to be scrapped — Portsmouth Today". portsmouth.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
- "Queen's Harbour Master — Daily Shipping Movements" (PDF). qhmportsmouth.com. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
- "Bell is reminder of city's own ship" (PDF). Capital Times (70): 9. December 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2008.
A part of HMS Cardiff, the warship which was decommissioned earlier this year, has a permanent place in its home city.
- "Edge of the Centre: HMS Cardiff 's bell welcomed home". edgeofthecentre.blogspot.com. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
- "Save HMS Cardiff for the city — News Story — Conservative Party". Conservative Party. Retrieved 23 March 2008.[dead link]
- "Call for Cardiff home for warship". BBC News. 29 June 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
- "Navy destroyer linked to Cardiff". BBC News. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
- Freedman, Lawrence (2005). The Official History of the Falklands Campaign; Vol. II — War and Diplomacy. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-7146-5207-5. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
- Hine, Sir Patrick. Official despatch, as published in the The London Gazette: . 29 June 1991. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
- Pike, John (27 April 2005). "Operation Vigilant Warrior". Military Operations. GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to:|
- HMS Cardiff: The 1982 Ship's Company Website run by former crew
- Photos of Cardiff at seayourhistory.org.uk
- Photos of Cardiff at BBC News
|Artist's depiction of the encounter with the Argentine Boeing 707|