HMS Coventry (D118) at Hong Kong in 1980, then a British Crown colony. Two years later she was lost off Pebble Island, West Falkland, in battle with the Argentine Air Force. As her crew awaited rescue by HMS Broadsword on the flight deck aft, they sang Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
A Type 42 destroyer, she was the only ship of the class build outside Great Britain, and alongside her sister, ARA Hercules, became the most modern ship in Latin America at the time of her commission in 1981.
During the Falklands War she only took part in the first stages of the war, as an act of sabotage by Argentine dissidents earlier in 1975 during construction permanently crippled her propulsion system.
After the arms embargo imposed by Great Britain following the war, the Argentine high command decided to place her under reserve to serve as a source for spares for her sister, and ever since she sat unused at port, until January 2013 when years of neglect finally took their toll, as the ship capsized in her moorings after a water valve broke completely flooding various compartment, taking with her a tug ship moored right next to her.
She lied of her side for almost three years, until finally in November 21, 2015, the operations to refloat her finally began, where once completed, she will be towed out of port towards the scrap yard, an extremely sad end to an extremely unlucky ship.
Type 42 destroyer HMS York escorts the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in International Waters close to the UK. She remained in close company with the Admiral Kuznetsov and her supporting task group whilst they were in the vicinity of the UK. The Admiral Kuznetsov and her task group were believed to be deploying to the Mediterranean for exercises and training. 12 December 2011.