Admiral Sir John "Sandy" Woodward, who commanded the tast force which retook the Falklands, died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 81.
David Cameron said the UK was "indebted" to Adm Woodward for his role in
ensuring freedom for islanders.
"The admiral was a truly courageous and decisive leader, proven by his heroic
command of the Royal Navy Taskforce during the Falklands conflict," said the
"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."
Daniel Allan, founder of the Falklands United Movement, which represents some
islanders, told the BBC that Admiral Woodward was a "modern-day hero".
"We owe him a debt of gratitude and he is in the thoughts of every islander,
past and present, today," he said.