HMS GLAMORGAN, a County Class guided-missile destroyer, was based in Portsmouth for all of its service. On 2nd April 1982, the day Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, GLAMORGAN and a number of other ships were diverted south from Gibraltar and were amongst the first to reach the Islands. The ship was active throughout the campaign frequently providing naval gunfire support for troops ashore and surviving three attacks from enemy aircraft and missiles. However, on 12th June 1982 GLAMORGAN remained late on station to assist 45 Commando Royal Marines to capture Two Sisters near Stanley and was hit by a shore-based Exocet missile. Although the ship’s company extinguished the resultant fires thirteen men died and, in keeping with the Royal Navy’s tradition, were buried at sea that night. A fourteenth died later in 1982.
The HMS GLAMORGAN Falklands Association remains in contact with over 300 of the 1982 ship’s company and meets every five years in Portsmouth for a reunion and remembrance service at the window it installed in Portsmouth Cathedral in 1997. Following the SAMA pilgrimage to the Falkland Islands in 2007, a number of members suggested the Association approach the Falkland Islands Government and SAMA Falkland Islands (FI) to investigate whether a permanent GLAMORGAN memorial to those buried at sea could be installed near Stanley. This was welcomed and a granite stone was commissioned, quarried and engraved in North Wales in early 2010 and then shipped to the Falklands that June. Installation work by Morrisons (Falklands) was carried out at Hookers Point during December and January to make the best use of the summer weather.
The memorial was sited at Hookers Point facing the spot where the ship was hit and, by a fitting quirk of its design, it seems to point almost directly at Two Sisters.