Buckingham Covers - First Day Covers

Commander Chris J S Craig CB DSC


Chris Craig was CO of HMS ALACRITY during the Falklands War. HMS ALACRITY (F174) was a Type 21 frigate of the Royal Navy. She was completed with Exocet launchers in "B" position. ALACRITY participated in the Falklands War, departing Devonport on 5 April 1982.

The most notable incident involving ALACRITY was the sinking of the Argentine supply ship ARA Isla de los Estados inside Falkland Sound over the night of 10-11 May 1982 in the only surface action of the conflict. ALACRITY was slightly damaged by an Argentine bomb on 1 May.

As ALACRITY exited the Falkland Sound on May 11, the Argentine submarine, ARA San Luis was reported to have fired two torpedoes at ALACRITY and her sister ship ARROW.. Luckily for the British, these missed the ships and both Type 21s rejoined the Task Force.

The ship also went to the rescue of ATLANTIC CONVEYOR after she was struck by Exocet. Following abortive attempts to lie up alongside the ship and fight her blazing ammunition and equipment, ALACRITY took onboard 74 survivors.

ALACRITY was decommissioned and transferred to Pakistan on 1 March 1994.


Collectables Signed By Commander Chris J S Craig CB DSC