A Collection of South Atlantic Medals

Date of Auction: 16th July 2020

Sold for £800

Estimate: £460 - £550

South Atlantic 1982, with rosette (RO1(G) R C Brown D162197P HMS Brilliant) extremely fine £460-£550


H.M.S. Brilliant, a Type 22-class Frigate launched in 1978, served during the Falklands War under the command of Captain J. Coward. On 12 May she was the first Royal Navy warship to fire the Sea Wolf missile in action, when she shot down three A-4 Skyhawks. On 21 May she came under Argentinean air attack outside San Carlos Water and was slightly damaged by cannon fire. On 23 May she took part in the only ship-to-ship engagement of the Falklands War, when she and H.M.S. Yarmouth chased the Argentinean supply ship Monsunen in the Battle of Seal Cove. On 25 May she rescued 24 survivors from the Atlantic Conveyor.