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HMS Sheffield was a Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy that was launched in 1971, and commissioned in 1975.
On May 4th, 1982. the ship was detected by an Argentine Navy SP-2H Neptune. Two Argentine Navy Super Etendards took off from Rio Grande and met an Argentine Air Force KC-130H Hercules tanker. The Super Etendards detected two medium-sized targets both fired Exocet missiles at a range of 20 to 30 miles (30 to 50 kilometres). Supporting the mission were an Argentine Air Force Learjet which served as decoy, and two Daggers which escorted the KC-130H Hercules tanker.
One of the Exocets hit the HMS Sheffield, although it is unclear if the warhead exploded. In any case, the ship's electricity generating systems and water main were destroying, making it impossible to fight fires started by the impact of the missile and the missile's rocket motor.
Twenty of HMS Sheffield's crew were killed, and the rest abandoned shipping, sinking "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian while waiting to be rescued. The HMS Sheffield herself was consumed by fire, and the ship's hulk was later towed out to sea and sunk on May 10th.
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