A vital Royal Navy weapon in the Cold War was designed to clear the seas, but could it have risen to the task? John Ash profiles the Mk.24 Tigerfish torpedo

The retired HMS Lowestoft struck by a Tigerfish Mod 2, fired by the submarine HMS Conqueror during a test, June 8, 1986. The aft of the frigate has disappeared in the explosion. For Tigerfish, the route to success was long and arduous

“Conqueror became only the second of three post-World War Two submarines to sink a warship in anger… There was just one catch: Tigerfish lay unused in its torpedo racks”

It was May 2, 1982, and the submarine HMS Conqueror was about to change the course of the Falklands conflict. The ARA General Belgrano and its escorts posed little challenge for Conqueror, the submarine carrying several wire-guided Tigerfish torpedoes. It fired a salvo of three weapons, with two ‘fish’ striking the cruiser hard. She sank with 323 of her crew and the ripples from the attack resonated through the Argentine Navy, forcing its surface assets back to port for the duration of the campaign.

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