In April 1982, a British armada, including two aircraft carriers, sailed south to retake the Falkland Islands from Argentina. In response, the Argentine Air Force launched a fierce campaign to stop them.

The deadly combination of the Super Etendard aircraft and the Exocet anti-ship missile made Argentine pilots extremely dangerous. If they managed to sink either of the two British aircraft carriers, the British fleet would lose its air superiority and would have to retreat.

The British knew there were five Exocet missiles stored at Argentina’s Rio Grande air base, 400 miles west of the Falklands in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s southernmost province and one of the world’s most remote regions.

British commanders turned to their special operations forces and the Special Air Service (SAS) to deal with the threat.