Under Fire: The Falklands War and the Revival of Naval Gunfire Support

Paget, Steven (2017) Under Fire: The Falklands War and the Revival of Naval Gunfire Support. War in History, 24 (2). pp. 217-235. ISSN 14770385

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The provision of naval gunfire support was an important aspect of the Falklands War. By the end
of the 1970s, naval gunfire support appeared to be doomed, but its vital role during the Falklands
War led to a timely reappraisal. Indeed, the use of naval gunfire support during the Iraq War
in 2003 and the conflict in Libya in 2011 vindicated the revival of interest in the capability. The
Falklands War provided a number of valuable lessons about the role and significance of naval
gunfire support, particularly during amphibious and expeditionary operations. With the threat of
defence cuts ever-present, it is important that those lessons are not forgotten.

Keywords:Royal Navy, Falklands Conflict, Naval Gunfire Support
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V391 Military History
L Social studies > L251 Strategic studies
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:45959
Deposited On:31 Aug 2021 12:55

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