Graeme GolightlyGraeme Golightly was an eighteen year old Royal marine Commando when the Falklands Conflict started.
Graeme Golightly – Royal Marine CommandoWearing the Green beret is reward for one of the most intensive training regimes in the armed services in the world. 52 young men started the training programme with Graeme. 32 weeks later only 14 of them joined the regiment.
Graeme Golightly – Royal Marine CommandoMost of the Marines onboard HMS Canberra expected that diplomatic routes would resolve the conflict long before they got south of the equator. In fact as Graeme puts it, 'even when the swimming pools on board the ship have been turned into helicopter pads and we were doing intense live firing on the deck, we still didn't put two and two together'.
Graeme Golightly – Royal Marine CommandoThe HMS Canberra received message that she was going to be commandeered for battle on Friday 2nd April 1982. It took just three days to convert her from a luxury cruise liner to a battle-ready troopship. The ship carried members of 40 and 42 Commando Royal Marines and 3 Para. For more info visit this site: http://www.sscanberra.com/hist4finest.htm
Graeme Golightly – Royal Marine CommandoA Marine is at his most vulnerable when he leaves his landing craft. 40 Commando were carrying about 80lb of fighting kit and stepping out into cold water without knowing the true depth.Despite this, their focus was 100% on securing the beach head. A short while later Argentinian Airburst bombs start falling.
Graeme Golightly – Royal Marine CommandoThe conflict lasted 74 days, with 255 British and 649 Argentine soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen, and three civilian Falklanders killed. Despite a surrender and this loss of life war was never declared, hence the name 'The Falklands Conflict'.
Graeme Golightly was an eighteen year old Royal marine Commando when the Falklands Conflict started.