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QEII docked in Southampton

QEII docked in Southampton

A Queen Goes To War

A quarter of a century ago, Britain was at war with Argentina, over their invasion of the Falkland Islands. 

soldiers boarding QEII

Soldiers boarding QEII

With the warzone thousands of miles away, the military was faced with the massive problem of how to transport a fighting force there.  They turned to the merchant fleet, and one of the most famous names of the sea. 

QEII was just hours away from her home port of Southampton when the news was received that she was to be transformed and readied for war. 

This BBC South documentary - first broadcast in May 1982 - tells the story of a Queen going to war.

last updated: 12/07/07

Have Your Say

Do you remember QEII going to the Falklands? Perhaps you were onboard or watched the ship sail from Southampton? Tell us your stories.

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John (Wiltshire)
I arrived on QE2 on May 21 via Assention Island courtyesy of a Chinook Helicopter with Maj Gen Moore onboard - I was always told that this was the first Chinook to land on QE2. Does anyone have a Photo or film of that event?

Robin Plumley
I was 2nd Officer on the British Antarctic Survey vessel 'Bransfield'. We had left the Falkland Islands two days before the invasion. We watched the QE2 depart from Southampton along with Rex Hunt, the Governor of the FI at the time. I still have photos of the send-off. Very moving!

robin swaine
I was the Naval Communications Officer and was accommodated in the Nelson suite on 1 deck.We built a military communication facility to provide long range communications between Northwood and General Moore and his Staff.

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