Coming Home

10 – 16 June Flight Log

IN SUPPORT OF CHINOOK CROSSDECK OPERATIONS

The urgent need for Chinooks ashore was frustrated by the delay of CONTENDER BEZANT and St EDMUND and 2 days were lost as they attempted to overcome engineering defects and bad weather. Once they had joined , weather again caused problems and prevented assembled Chinook deck operations. At an average of one a day, the RAF helicopters were escorted to the CVBG by a shepherding Lynx before proceeding ashore. Meanwhile the forces ashore pressed home their final offensive on Stanley and the surrender of the Argentine troops was announced overnight 14/15 June. With a reported 15000 POW’s to cope with, the presence of the chinook’s became even more important. The task was eventually completed on the evening of the16th after the two BRILLIANT aircraft flew a total of 15 hours HDS and vertrep that day. Once the STUFT had been delivered to Port William anchorage, BRILLIANT rejoined the CVBG to resume her goalkeeping duties.

13/06/82 (Bill)
Stanley should be back in British Hands by end of week.

14/06/82 (Bill)

White flag over Stanley talk of ceasefire or surrender.

14/06/82 (Taff)
Been away from the Main Force for a few days, but we are now close to the TEZ.
Heard the Argies have SURRENDERED God I hope it is True?? Waiting for confirmation. Heard the Scot’s Guards took out 4 Sky Hawks with Machine Guns, also the lads ashore are doing very well.
Glamorgan been hit 12 dead, lost a lot of men from one of the Sir Boats, approx. 50 Welsh Guards one hell of a high price to pay!!!
Just Heard WHITE FLAG over Stanley still waiting for confirmation????

0330 Sat

Z 141501Z JUN 82
FM CTG 317.01
TO CTF 317
INFO CTG 317.8
BT
SECRET
SIC 19F
OPERATION CORPORATE
FOLLOWING IS TEXT OF MESSAGE TO ARGS TRANSMITTED
BOTH IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH. HAVE ATTEMPTED CONTACT
OVER LAST THREE DAYS AND RENEWED EFFORTS TODAY.
MESSAGE READS :
THlS IS A STAFF OFFICER OF THE BRITISH MILITARY
HEADQUARTERS SPEAKING .
OUR PURPOSE IN CONTACTING YOU IS PRIMARILY Y
HUMANITARIAN BECAUSE WE ARE AWARE THAT THERE ARE
STILL MANY CIVILIANS LIVING IN PORT STANLEY.
HOWEVER WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE DESTRUCTION OF THE
ARGENTINE FORCES IN STANLEY WOULD NOT BE IN THE
INTEREST OF UK BECAUSE WHICHEVER WAY THE WAR
ULTIMATELY GOES, WE RECOGNIZE THE LONG TERM
IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUING OUR LONG STANDING
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ARGENTINE.
WE WISH TO DISCUSS AT THIS MOMENT THE SAVING OF LIVES,
BOTH BRITISH, FALKLANDER AND ARGENTINE PURELY IN THE
BATTLE OF STANLEY .THE POSITION OF THE ARGENTINE
FORCES NOW IS HOPELESS. YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY THE
BRITISH FORCES ON ALL SIDES ON THE GROUND, AT SEA, AND
COMPLETELY DOMINATED IN THE AIR. THERE IS NOWHERE
THAT IS NOT COVERED BY BRITISH ARTILLERY FIRE.
THERE IS LITTLE POINT IN YOUR CONTINUING THE STRUGGLE.
A DECISION TO GIVE UP SHOULD BE MADE NOW. THIS IS NO
REFLECTION ON THE BRA VERY OR SKILL OF YOUR SOLDIERS.
HOWEVER YOU ARE WITHOUT RE-SUPPLY OF AMMUNITION,
YOU HAVE LOST CONSIDERABLE QUANTITIES OF WEAPONS
AND WE HAVE CAPTURED MANY PRISONERS. YOU ARE
UNABLE TO PREVENT THESE LOSSES CONTINUING. YOU HAVE
LOST ALL THE HIGH GROUND AROUND STANLEY.
WE BELIEVE THAT A MEETING SHOULD NOW TAKE PLACE OR
A LINK KEPT OPEN BETWEEN THE TWO OPPOSING FORCES.
IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE AND THERE IS
UNNECESSARY BLOODSHED IN PORT STANLEY , THE WORLD
WILL JUDGE YOU ACCORDINGLY .
WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS HAS
DESIGNATED THE STONE BUILT CATHEDRAL AS A REFUGE
AND NEUTRAL ZONE FOR CIVILIANS. WE ACKNOWLEDGE
THIS.MESSAGE ENDSBT

15/06/82 (Bill)

Argentinean commander has surrendered; we are waiting for confirmation form Buenos Aires that hostilities have ceased.

16/06/82 (Taff)

STANLEY FALLS. ARGENTINEAN TROOPS IN STANLEY SURRENDERS!!!!! YAHOO!!Just hope their Air force does the same, we’ll have to wait and see. Hit some really bad weather getting thrown about everywhere. We are on our way to PORT STANLEY to escort in 2 of the Merchant Ships we have been Goalkeeping on, should be clear of the area by daylight.
Back with the Main Force, still under threat from the Mainland Aircraft.

16 /6 /82

0 161148Z JUN 82
FM CTF 317
TO TF 317
BT
RESTRICTED
SIC 19F
OPERATION CORPORATE
FOLLOWING RECEIVED FORM CHEIFS OF STAFF AND FORWARDED WITH THE
GREATEST PLEASURE
1.AT THIS HISTORIC MOMENT THE CHIEFS OF STAFF SEND YOU AND ALL THOSE
ENGAGED ON OPERATION CORPORATE UNDER YOUR COMMAND OUR WARMEST
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE EXEMPLARY AND BRILLIANT WAY YOU HAVE CARRIED
OUT ALL THE TASKS GIVEN TO YOU BY HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT AGAINST
VERY CONSIDERABLE ODDS.
2.WE ARE ENORMOUSLY PROUD OF THE GALLANTRY , STAMINA AND
PROFESSIONALISM SHOWN AT EVERY STAGE OF THIS OPERATION BY THE ARMED
SERVICES, THE MERCHANT MARINE AND OTHER CIVILIAN MEMBERS OF THE TASK
FORCE.
3.OUR THOUGHTS AT THIS TIME ARE ALSO VERY MUCH WITH THE FAMILIES OF
THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AND WITH THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED WOUNDS IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY.
4.WE ECHO THE ADMIRATION AND GRATITIUDE OF THE NATION WHEN WE SAY
QUOTE WELL DONE UNQUOTE
BT

17/06/82 (Bill)
Apparently it takes 24 days form the Falklands to Devonport. Galteari has been ousted . Talk of who is to remain as part of “upkeep of naval presence” in the area. Looks like four weeks of AMP is a bit on the short side Sea Wolf is duff one or two other things are non to healthy either.

 

17 – -23 June Flight Log

Having rejoined HERMES it became clear that BRILLIANT would shortly be detached to proceed to the UK. BROADSWORD had proceeded inshore to San Carlos for a much needed period of repair and maintenance and returned on 22 June to relieve BRILLIANT in her goalkeeping role. The opportunity arose for AVENGER Flight to visit AVENGER in San Carlos Water on the 21st to collect their personal kit before another aircraft shuttle took place on the 22nd and 23rd – CARDIFF took XZ 721 (Skua and Stingray, and former SHEFFIELD Flight) , and BROADSWORD XZ723 (Jammer- ex – ANTELOPE Flight). BRILLIANT carried out a ‘flying visit’ to Saunders settlement and viewed the sites of some of the more significant battles- Pebble Island, Port Howard, Goose Green and Darwin, Bluff Cove, Port Fitzroy and finally Stanley. That evening the ship departed to the East for the last time and was eventually ordered to sail to the UK , via Ascension , at 1235 on 23rd June.

Photo malcolm                                                                                   Post Surrender Flight

Photo Malcolm                                                                                   Post Surrender Flight Stanley

Photo Malcolm                                                                             Post Surrender Flight

Photo Malcolm                                                                         Post Surrender Flight Stanley Airfield

Photo Malcolm                                                                  Post Surrender Flight Stanley Airfield

18/06/82 (Bill)
News Ill be flying home from Ascension.

18/06/82 (Taff)
Still waiting to find out what is happening?? really beginning to P… me off not knowing!
Had mail today cheered me up 100%.

GBXZ
B81A740
VVVVV SCF262 UU
***** ZZ RBDFNJ
DE RBDEC B0287 1691052
ZNR UUUUU
Z 181016Z JUN 82 ZPW NA Z
FM CTF 317
TO TF 317
RBDAPW/CBFSU ASCENSION
BT
UNCLAS
SIC 19F
PERSONAL FORM CINC
1.I HAVE THE HONOUR TO RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM HER
MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND PASS IT ON TO YOU ALL WITH GREAT PLEASURE QUOTE
I SEND MY WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS TO YU AND ALL UNDER YOUR COMMAND FOR THESPLENDID WAY IN WHICH YOU HAVE ACHIEVED THE
LIBERATION OF THE FALKLAND ISLAND. BRITAIN KIS VERY PROUD OF THE WAY
YOU HAVE SERVED YOUR COUNTRY.SIGNED ELIZABETH R. UNQUOTE
2.CTG 317.1 ENSURE THIS IS PASSED TO SURBORDINATE UNITS

20 /6 /82
 Letter from one of the Glasgow’s Mums

Brighton
20.6.82

Dear Sir
I have just returned from Portsmouth where I took part in the ‘welcome home’ for the Glasgow
My son and his friends were’ choked’ at the terrific welcome they received but they insisted they were no heroes and told us that to their minds the ship they had to thank was the ‘Brilliant’ they were full of praise for your actions and said you had lived up to your name.
On behalf of all the lads , mothers, wives , children etc. of the Glasgow I would like to say ‘Thank You’ for making it possible for them to come home
‘Brilliant was Brilliant was what we heard time and time again

Please thank all your team for this good work
Yours very Sincerely
A ‘Task Force Mother’

20/06/82 (Taff)
Nowt happening. Given dates for GOING HOME 22/ 23 June. It appears PLYMOUTH is still here??

22 /6 /82

B814132
P 2203252 JUN 82
FM MODUK/HYDROUK
AIG 1001
BT
UNCLAS
1.TO MARK THE BIRTH OF A SON TO THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES
THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES SPLICE THE MAINBRACE
BT

ACT SS
DIST XR XX SS LOGS
IN TG BCAST
MSO 638/22

GBXZ
B81A163LVZCZC DE GF GF GF
HH
PP RBDEC
DE RBDFHOL 059 1731547
ZNY CCCCC
P 221532Z JUN 82 ZPW N/A
FM CTG 317.8
TO ZEN / HMS BRILLIANT
INFORBDEC/CTF 317
ZEN/HMS INVINCIBLE
ZEN/ HMS ANDROMEDA
BT
C O N F I D E N T I A L
SIC 19F
OP CORPORATE – SAILING SIGNAL
1. WHEN ORDERED DETACH AND PROCEED TO UK VIA ASCENSION ISLAND
2.R/V FOR RAS(L) AS ORDERED CTF 317
3. SIGNAL NAVPIMAT 2000Z DAILY TO CTF 317 COPY TO CTG 317.8 AND
INVINCIBLE
4.CHOP TO CTF 317 ON CROSSING WITH LINE JOINING BUENOS AIRES TO STH
GEORGIA
5.R/V WITH INVINCIBLE/ ANDROMEDA TO COLLECT HOMEBOUND MAIL IF NAV TRACK ALLOWS
BT

23/06/82 (Taff)
A THE END, WE ARE ON OUR WAY HOME
There will be some of the lads reading this and thinking I don’t remember that or I didn’t know that happened, as I did when I read some of the diary that Dave and the other boy’s had written. All I can say is, I put down what I thought and felt at the time, nothing more, and nothing less.

0 231406Z JUN 82

FM CTG 317.8
TO HMS BRILLIANT
INFO CAPT F2
BT
C O N F I D E N T I A L
OPERATION CORPORATE
1. BRILLIANT IS AS BRILLIANT DOES I SHALL MISS YOUR RUNNING
COMMENTARIES ON WHICHEVER CIRCUIT HAS THE ACTION.
2. I WISH YOU ALL SAFE AND SWIFT PASSAGE TO A WELL EARNED WASH
AND BRUSH UP AND RELIABLE REPAIR TO YOUR HONOURABLE SCARS
3. THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK
BT

23/06/82

R23104Z JUN 82
FM CAPT F2 9BROADSWORD0
TO HMS BRILLIANT
BT
UNCLAS
1.WE WILL BE SAD TO SEE YOU TURN FOR HOME BUT WISH YOU A SPEEDY
PASSAGE A HAPPY REUNION WITH YOUR FAMILIES AND A WELL EARNED SPELL
OF LEAVE.
2.YOU HAVE DONE WELL IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC
BT

R 230845Z JUN 82
FM HMS HERMES
TO HMS BRILLIANT
BT
R E S T R I C T E D
1.IN SAYING FAREWELL , ALL IN HERMES ARE REMINDED AND TAHANK YOU FOR THOSE MANY THINGS YOU HAVE DONE FOR US OVER THE PAST THREE MONTHS
2.MANY CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB BRAVELEY AND EXTREMELY WELL DONE.
ONE HAS BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE FROM
BRILLIANT AND HER SHIPS COMPANY.
3.GOD SPEED GOOD LUCK AND HAVE A WELL DESERVED LEAVE
BT

 

Extract from Final Edition Ships magazine 25th June 1982

25/06/82

R 251646Z JUN 82
FM CTF 317
TO HMS BRILLIANT
INFO CTG 317.8
BT
R E S T R I C T E D
SIC 9F
1.YOU HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE CORNERSTONES OF THE TASKGROUPAND HAVE
BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN PROVING THE TYPE 22 AS A WORLD BEATER . YOU CAN
BE PROUD OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO CORPORATE.
2.HAVE A GOOD PASSAGE HOME. BRAVO ZULU

 

26/06/82 (Bill)

We are on our way home due to arrive at Ascension in small hours of July 2nd
R 261240Z JUN 82
FM CTG 317.0
TO TF 317
BT
UNCLAS
1.HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING SIGNAL FORM BUCKINGHAM PALACE
QUOTE
BOTH OF US SEND OUR WARMEST AND MOST APPRECIATIVE THANKS TO ALL
THOSE SERVING IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC TASK FORCE FOR THEIR VERY KIND SIGNAL ON THE BIRTH OF OUR SON. WE ARE DELIGHTED TO THINK
THAT OUR HAPPY EVENT SHOULD HAVE ENABLED YOU TO SPLICE THE MAINBRACE
TWICE IN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME. WE SEND OUR ADMIRING BEST WISHES
FOR THE GALLANT FEATS YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE FACE OF APPALLING
CONDITTIONS
CHARLES AND DIANA
UNQUOTE
2. I REGRET THAT THE REFERENCE TO SPLICE THE MAINBRACE REFERS TO
SPURIOUS NEWSPAPER REPORTS NOT TO FACT. ONLY ONE MAINBRACE SPLICED
BT

01/07/82 (Bill)
Ship transfer 1800 flight 0330 Sat

Photo’s Bill                                                      Transferring to a Hercules to fly to Brize Norton 13 hours.

 Its ok Jacks got a t’shirt and a few tinneys

Apparently Randy second from right is escorting a local squaddy far right to DQs after he drove a truck into the officers mess because they would not let him go South

02 /7 /82 Letter from 3rd mate Atlantic Conveyor
The Captain
HMS Brilliant

Dear Sir
This is just a short letter to you to say thank you to you and all your men for what you
did for myself and all the other survivors off the Atlantic Conveyor
When I arrived on your ship I was well looked after and made to feel at home. I will
Never forget the kindness and generosity of your men and the way they all helped to make our stay comfortable and free from worry.
I would particularly like to thank the members of the CPOs mess who made many sacrifices
To keep us happy.
I would like to wish you and all your men the best for the future and again thank you for all you did.
3rd Mate

12/07/82

RR GWOJ
DE GVEW
R 121301Z JUL 82
FM HMS BATTLEAXE
TO HMS BRILLIANT
BT
UNCLAS
SIC Z3D/OG
WELCOME HOME. GREAT TO BE IN TOUCH AGAIN.
THE PEACEFUL PEASANTS SALUTE YOU
BT

DIST XX LOGS
ACT XX
IN X404A TOD 1341Z TR 12 JUL

 

Letter Home (Bill Oddy)
Dear Mum Dad Elaine Diana Sandra
If you receive another letter off me , I’m not on my way home but hopefully we are setting off in the next couple of days. It takes 10 days to get to Ascension where I will be flying home from to Brize Norton. Julie now lives near there so I will pick her up and skidaddle up 2 6 Might in fact probably will stop off at Blackpool for a day. When I get the rest of my leave Ill see Nan and Grandpa for a few days. The reason we are flying home is that when the ship gets back to Guz the rest of the crew will get 10 days leave. 25% or there abouts are flying off.

Received the parcel of goodies Caviar good god Ill never live it down, still I shared it out nobody can say stokers don’t have class. They were delicious especially the plums in chocolate. Mind you I will have to go on a diet now. Thanks not thanks for the diet thanks for the goodies it sure brightens life up. This morning I’m flying over to the Hermes to get these damm teeth fixed, two fillings have fallen out and I need a new one It should be quite an experience I’ve never flown in a chopper before.

Twelve days before this lark seemed ages but now it’s a mere moment. The worst part is this imposed celibacy no not really, being away form home is the worst but it sure is aggravating.

Well we are now back in control just hope the Argies don’t try anything else I suppose the Navy has proved it can do its job a lot of rethinking about the dockyard will have to take place, the quick conversion of merchant ships was an important factor in this. Ill be able to spin a few dits to my grandchildren anyway. Yahoo 2 weeks and I could be home definitely good news. Ill get this in the post quickly.

Love David

Photo Paul Yockley                                                                                       Our Captain

                           Returning to Plymouth 13th july 1982 after setting sail for the Falklands from Gibraltar 28th march 1982

Photo Paul Yockley                 Vice Admiral Robert Gerken before entering Plymouth Sound

Left to Right                     Mike Wattam (Scouse), Duncan Spence (Radar), Tim Radins and Fred Fox   (spinning war stories)

Photo Capi                                                                                        Tugs coming out to meet us

Photo Capi

Photo Capi                                                                                             Mountbatten Pier

Photo Capi                                                                                 Plymouth Marine Laboratory The Hoe

East Vanguard with Cattedown oil tanks in the background

Drakes Island

Photo Capi                                                                                                        Rusty Anchor

Photo capi                                                                                                            West Vanguard

Photo Capi                                                                                                         Devils Point

Photo Capi                                                                                Devils Point Mayflower Marina

Photo Capi                      

Photo Capi                                                                                                    Devils Point Royal William Yard

Photo Capi                                                                                                    Royal William Yard  

Photo Capi                                                                                                 Cremyl  Mount Edgecombe

Photo Capi                                                                                  Royal William yard in the background

Photo Capi                                                                                                          South Yard    

Photo Paul Yockney                                                    Lt RM Jeremy Parker Lt Cdr Roger Crouch WEO

Photo Capi

Photo Capi                                                                                                   Torpoint Ferry

Photo Duchy                                                                                            

Photo Paul Yockley                                                            Dave Bunker AB family welcome

     “Seeing Brilliant sailing through the mist when coming into the dockyard was the start of a very emotional day” (Mum 2021)

Photo Capi                                                                                         

Photo Capi

Our Captain

Photo Capi

Photo Capi

Photo duchy

Photo duchy

Photo Duchy

Photo Duchy

Photo Capi                                                                                  Dick Kirby centre stage

Photo Capi

Photo Capi                                                                                                     Capi hugging his brother