SULLIVAN K. R. F.

This page is dedicated to the memory of:

Weapons Electrical Artificer 1

Kevin Richard F. Sullivan

HMS Sheffield

HMS Sheffield sailed from Portsmouth on November 19th, 1981 for a patrol in the Arabian Gulf. After taking part in a major Mediterranean exercise, and four days before her planned return to Portsmouth, the ship was diverted to the South Atlantic on April 2nd, 1982, within hours of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands. While on forward radar picket duty about 70 miles south and east of Stanley, on Sunday May 4th, the Type 42 destroyer was struck amidships by an Exocet missile fired from Argentine Naval Super Etendard aircraft. The missile’s warhead failed to explode, but the resulting fires quickly spread, and the ship had to be abandoned.

Kevin was among 20 who died in the attack. Only the body of Petty Officer David Briggs DSM was recovered; the rest lie in the ship, now a registered war grave at the position 53-04’S 56-56’W, where she sank on May 9th, whilst under tow.

 

Family and friends are encouraged to contribute.

We will add information to this memorial as we receive it.

If you have a photo, an anecdote, or simply to say you remember him, we will be very pleased to hear from you, so please contact the sama office at sama@sama82.org.uk 

 

 

 

This photo was taken in 1966 in HMS Collingwood Fisher Section. Kev & I are sitting on Kev’s beloved motorbike, he is sitting on the back with me.

My memory of Kev is that he was one of the most helpful and decent people you could meet. When I bought my own motorbike he took the trouble to accompany me all the way from Collingwood to his home town of Leamington Spa.

It was my first real journey on the bike and we had a number of incidents on the way, all caused by my inexperience but he never moaned and I have always been grateful for his help. Hearing that he died on my old ship HMS Sheffield was a real shock and still saddens me today.

May Kev rest in peace, still on patrol.

I was lucky enough to visit the final resting place of HMS Sheffield and say my goodbye’s to a real friend on HMS Southampton in 1983 with Captain Sam Salt.

Tony Babb BEM