Between 21 and 25 May 1982 three Royal Navy ships were sunk – HMS Ardent, HMS Antelope and
The loss of the HMS Coventry on 25 May is a moment that has stuck with Charlie.
Both the HMS Broadsword and HMS Coventry came under attack on the day, but the bomb that hit Charlie’s ship didn’t explode.
"On the first pass from two of the aircraft, they put a 1,000lb (450kg) bomb into our back end, which, luckily, didn’t go off," he explains.
"It hit the ship’s side about 10 foot above the waterline and deflected straight out again.
"If it had exploded, we’d have sunk immediately and I wouldn’t be sitting here now.
"But HMS Coventry wasn’t so lucky – she was hit by the second two aircraft and went down almost immediately. We put scrambling nets over the side and all our boats in the water – we rescued 170 crew.
"Of all my days in the Falklands conflict, 25 May is the date that sticks in my mind, and every year, I have a bit of quiet time to remember all the lads on HMS Coventry."