Letter: Falklands admirals on land and sea

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Sir: Your Christmas quiz (24 December) declares that the 'admiral who sank ships' and who died in 1992 was 'Lord (Admiral of the Fleet Sir John) Woodhouse'. One can only assume that you mean the then Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse (later Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fieldhouse) who, as Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 1982, directed naval operations in the Falklands from the UK.

It was Rear Admiral 'Sandy' Woodward who was the Falklands Task Force Commander and, as such, was more directly responsible for the sinking of one ship, the General Belgrano, and the submarine Santa Fe. Admiral Woodward is alive and well and enjoying his retirement.

Yours faithfully,