When the Falklands War began on 2 April 1982 (see “Argentina’s Gray Zone Gambit,” p. 44–51), Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Thomas B. Hayward found himself in a unique position—he happened to be in the Argentine capital as the fighting commenced. Here, from his U.S. Naval Institute oral history, is his firsthand account:
The U.S. Navy’s role in the Falklands War was truly minimal. My own role was kind of interesting. I was in Buenos Aires the day of the invasion of the islands by the Argentines.