HMS Ardent (Motto: Through fire and water) was a Royal Navy Type 21 frigate. Built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland and launched by the Duchess of Gloucester in May 1975.

HMS Ardent giving a fire power demonstration – 9th of May 1982 700 miles south of Ascension Island

HMS Ardent giving a fire power demonstration – 9th of May 1982 700 miles south of Ascension Island

On 19 April 1982, HMS Ardent sailed from Devonport, Plymouth for the Falkland Islands. On route, she escorted taskforce ships that had left late, on their way to Ascension Island, arriving on 3 May and sailing on the morning of the 7 May as part as the amphibious task force. On 21 May 1982, whilst lying in Falkland Sound and supporting Operation Sutton by bombarding the Argentine airstrip at Goose Green, Ardent was attacked by at least three waves of Argentine aircraft.

HMS Yarmouth takes on survivors from HMS Ardent

HMS Yarmouth takes on survivors from HMS Ardent

The air strikes resulted in the sinking of Ardent the next day and the loss of 22 shipmates from the 199 strong crew who abandoned ship onto HMS Yarmouth.

The HMS Ardent association was set up immediately after the 1982 Falklands Conflict in a hope to foster and promote the name HMS Ardent and provide a focal point to remember our fallen crewmates.

The association president is Admiral the Lord West of Spithead who was First Sea Lord and Commander in Chief of the Royal Navy from 2002 until 2006 and the Commanding officer of HMS Ardent in the 1982 Falklands War. Lord West was the last to leave the sinking ship and was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for his leadership.