santa fe sub

dondoncarp
27th May 2007, 16:10
Hello all,has anyone got any pics of her,disabled in the falklands war...the argie sub at south georgia

VTR1000
28th May 2007, 06:30
Sry, haven't any pictures of her but I remember her well. I was on the Brambleleaf and we'd just sailed down from Mombasa to South Georgia. We were RASing another RFA with two RN ships escorting us (sry, can't remember the names), one on either side. I was on the wheel and all of a sudden the signal lights were flashing every which way. The 2 RFAs made an emergency breakaway while the 2 RN boats veered off and a helicopter sent up. From what I gathered at the time it was a missile/depth charge from the helicopter that damaged the Santa Fe forcing it to beach or something like that ... it was a while ago

Found some pics for you here:http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08339.htm

dondoncarp
30th May 2007, 18:23
Sry, haven't any pictures of her but I remember her well. I was on the Brambleleaf and we'd just sailed down from Mombasa to South Georgia. We were RASing another RFA with two RN ships escorting us (sry, can't remember the names), one on either side. I was on the wheel and all of a sudden the signal lights were flashing every which way. The 2 RFAs made an emergency breakaway while the 2 RN boats veered off and a helicopter sent up. From what I gathered at the time it was a missile/depth charge from the helicopter that damaged the Santa Fe forcing it to beach or something like that ... it was a while ago

Found some pics for you here:http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08339.htm

I remember it well...i was on tidespring holding the distance line when the signal came to break away...think we was taking some stores off you at the time....the memory does get a bit cloudy..if memory serves me right it was Antrim and plymouth the navy ships

RMartini
4th February 2008, 15:42
There is a picture of the Sante Fe (ex USS Catfish SS 339) on my page at:
www.rontini.com/catfish.htm about 1/3 of the way down the page.

There is currently an American author who is researching and planning a book on the Catfish/Santa Fe.

Additional info from translated Argentine sources:
"*** An e-mail from Alejandro Amendolara in Argentina:
Dear friends: The "Santa Fe" was attacked on April 25th, 1982, when it was on surface, by FIVE british helicopters (one Wessex, two Wasp, and two Sea Lynx), dropping on it one torpedo, two anti-submarine bomb charges, at least four AS.12 missiles, and thousands of MG bullets. Due the lack of AA defenses, the submarine replied only with old rifles that had on board. The submarine returned and later sunk by its own crew. You can read the whole story in: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/suples/enfoques/970409/en-01.htm (which I linked above).


***An obituary:
Captain of 'Endurance' during the Falklands war whose warnings of Argentina's invasion plans were ignored by Whitehall: CAPTAIN NICK BARKER, who has died aged 63, was the captain of the Antarctic ice-patrol ship, survey vessel and Falkland Islands guardship, Endurance, during the conflict of 1982. After the main Argentine invasion on April 2, Endurance's first concern was to avoid the Argentine navy, which she did by hugging the coast of South Georgia, "hiding behind a rock by day, pretending to be an iceberg" Barker said, "not easy for a red-painted ship". When Barker telephoned Northwood by satellite to clarify the rules of engagement, should he encounter an Argentine missile destroyer around the next iceberg, he was told "to phone back after two o'clock as the particular staff officer was at lunch". Later in April, Endurance took part in Paraquat, the operation to recapture South Georgia, which, in Barker's opinion, was "in military terms, a monumental cock-up", although it was ultimately successful. Endurance's helicopters joined in harrying the Argentine submarine Santa Fe (former US submarine Catfish) (whose captain was a friend of Barker's) with missiles until it ran itself aground."

Commander Mike
5th February 2008, 12:51
Hi
I was the Marine Engineer Officer of HMS Antrim when we caught up with the Santa Fe. The incident was fairly accurately described by Roger Perkins in his book Operation Paraquat that was published in about 1985 and in it there is a picture of the sub after the attack. I still have a Santa Fe open to visitors leaflet that was recovered from the vessel in South Georgia.

The sub was initially damaged by our helicopter a Wessex3 which dropped 2 WW2 depth charges on it. It turned back to South Georgia on the surface and was harried by a Lynx from Brilliant which dropped a Mk46 torpedo which buzzed around it but at a depth which prevented contact. Wasp helicopters from the Endurance then loosed off several SS11 missiles which either missed or went straight through the GRP fin without exploding. There was only one casualty in the Sub .

Joaquinmizquierdo
27th April 2008, 18:42
Hi, there are nice pictures of the Santa fe sub, on this web page
http://www.histarmar.com.ar/Armada%20Argentina/Submarinos%20Argentinos/Guppy.htm

enjoy them.:)

Best regards

ssr481
27th April 2008, 20:22
Hi, there are nice pictures of the Santa fe sub, on this web page
http://www.histarmar.com.ar/Armada%20Argentina/Submarinos%20Argentinos/Guppy.htm

enjoy them.:)

Best regards

I have seen them...as a matter of fact my colleague in Argentina is part of that site... thanks