anguilla Operation Sheepskin

Anguilla


1969





For over two hundred years, Anguilla had been administered from the UK, with local representatives. As part of Britains Disengagement from Empire, proposals were made for Anguilla to become part of St. Kitts and Nevis and for that whole to become independent. Anguilla held more antipathy toward St. Kitts and Nevis, than it did to the UK and as Anguillans felt under represented in the proposal, it began to look like this arrangement would never work.

In Jul 1967 local protests began and when the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis sought to assert his power over the small island, civil disturbances began and the islanders eventually expelled the St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force. On 19 Mar 1967, rather heavy-handedly, Britain sent 2 PARA, which had been flown to Antigua the previous day and landed by the Royal Navy to restore order. Whilst the peaceful invasion was a media disaster for Britain, it did produce a political solution and by 1971 Angullia was decoupled from St. Kitts and Nevis. In 1980, Anguilla became a British Overseas Territory.


Units

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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    mar69 UK 829 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Wasp
Whirlwind
Wessex
Wessex




Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation


Individual helicopters


Model IDs
Westland Wasp XS527     XT424    


Ships

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ClassesShips
Frigate  Type 12 Rothesay class   Royal Navy F107 HMS Rothesay,
Frigate  Exocet Leander class   Royal Navy F45 HMS Minerva,






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