Looking pristine and adorned with poppy wreaths, war memorials across the Falklands have been meticulously restored by Royal Navy engineers for the remembrance period, according to a press release.

The Naval Engineering Falkland Islands (NEFI) team at East Cove Military Port, an 11-member unit, is responsible for providing round-the-clock engineering support for Royal Navy vessels like patrol ship HMS Forth.

Additionally, they undertake the essential task of maintaining the many war memorials scattered across the islands. These memorials, which endure the harsh South Atlantic weather, are cleaned, rebuilt, and have their inscriptions made legible by the NEFI team.

Among the team is Chief Petty Officer Alan ‘Sharkey’ Ward, one of the few Falkland veterans still serving. Ward, who served on the survey ship HMS Herald during the war, ensures the lessons of 1982 are passed down through ongoing training. He also plays a key role in maintaining the memorials, sharing the history with younger shipmates. Ward emphasized the importance of these acts, stating, “Keeping the history lesson going” among his shipmates.

The memorials, often located in remote and rugged areas, present a logistical challenge. Notable sites include the cairn and cross for HMS Coventry on Pebble Island and the memorial for HMS Sheffield on Sea Lion Island.

The NEFI team visits these and other sites at least once a year, often twice, using various means of transport, such as Bristow helicopters, to reach distant locations.

In addition to the major monuments, the team also cares for individual memorials, like the one for Sergeant ‘Kiwi’ Hunt of the SBS, killed in a firefight near Teal settlement.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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DH (@guest_826415)
17 days ago

A very big thanks guys for doing that. In memory of the lads still there. RIP.

Jonathan Silsby
Jonathan Silsby (@guest_826422)
17 days ago
Reply to  DH

I love the fact that cleaning materials are usually stored behind the monuments so that visitors can give them a quick clean/polish.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves (@guest_826429)
17 days ago

all war graves must be given the respect and protection they deserve.

Barry Larking
Barry Larking (@guest_826485)
17 days ago

Our thanks to all concerned I am sure. Respect.

Tommo (@guest_826487)
17 days ago

Should of posted this tomorrow the 14th and included it with a Falklands victory tweet George but thank you anyway

Tegen Argo
Tegen Argo (@guest_826509)
17 days ago

My dad is a falklands veteran and he is still with us, he was a aircraft handlers

Lonpfrb (@guest_826532)
17 days ago

Important work and essential to ensure those left behind are neither forgotten nor allowed to deteriorate from the high standards of their service.
Thank you, CPO Ward and team.

Adrian Paul Alexander Macfarlane
Adrian Paul Alexander Macfarlane (@guest_826561)
16 days ago

🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 “Three Cheers” to one and ‘All ‘exceptional effort on your part in our overall collective ‘History’ as those who have served in and serve now in the finest ‘Armed Forces ‘in the world :
God Save The King🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇬🇧

Child of the 80's
Child of the 80's (@guest_826817)
15 days ago

1980s, the Exocet,the squid fisheries and the what ever tactical advances are expired, however the moving to the $ is looking increasingly likely? WHY and for who?

Stephen King
Stephen King (@guest_827519)
12 days ago

Followed the conflict from start to finish, I was a school boy at the time, I did a topic at school, sadly I couldn’t get in the armed forces because of my illness ad I suffer with epilepsy, but I support the armed forces has much as I can, R I P to all the fallen heroes