PM leads tributes to Falklands War hero Woodward, dead at 81
Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed the "heroic command" of Falklands Task Force leader Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward, who has died aged 81.
The Prime Minister said Admiral Woodward, the commander of the Royal Navy Task Force that retook the Falklands Islands in 1982, was a "truly courageous and decisive leader".
Admiral Woodward (right) reportedly died after a long illness and Mr Cameron said Britain was indebted to him for his many years of service.
Mr Cameron said: "I am saddened to hear that Admiral Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward has passed away.
"The admiral was a truly courageous and decisive leader, proven by his heroic command of the Royal Navy Task Force during the Falklands conflict.
"We are indebted to him for his many years of service and the vital role he played to ensure that the people of the Falkland Islands can still today live in peace and freedom.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Admiral Woodward's family and friends at this difficult time." Defence Secretary Philip Hammond commended Admiral Woodward on his "magnificent achievement" in the Falklands and said he would be remembered by many as the Navy's "fighting admiral".
"Following this magnificent achievement," Mr Hammond said of the Admiral's Falklands record, "he served as the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff and went on before retirement to be the Flag Aide-de Camp to the Queen."
Admiral Woodward was born in Cornwall on May 1, 1932, according to the Who's Who annual. He went on to write a memoir of his time as the Falklands Task Force commander titled One Hundred Days.