Commodore Dunlop is the senior officer of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Commanding Officer of RFA FORT AUSTIN.
His ship was the first to be deployed south in the operation to regain possession of the Falkland Islands and supported the Task Force throughout the operations. She joined the Amphibious Task Group just before the landing on 21 May 1982. During the five days immediately after this, RFA FORT AUSTIN remained in San Carlos Water operating ASW Sea King helicopters in defence of the Amphibious Operations Area. Those five days saw the Force come under repeated, heavy and fierce air attack. Her ASW Sea Kings flew constantly throughout in their search for submarines.
During this period in particular, and indeed throughout the campaign, Commodore Dunlop displayed considerable qualities of leadership, steadiness and aggression and was an immense inspiration to those under him to maintain the ship's operational efficiency. Commodore Dunlop's devotion to duty and spirit were in the finest traditions of the Service which he leads.