Those who love ships will be happy to hear that two other vessels that served in the Falklands will soon be ready for service. The P&O Line's Canberra and the Uganda of BI Discovery Cruises (a subsidiary of P&O) are both now in Southampton being restored to cruise standards. Neither ship suffered structural damage; the principal task is to repair decks which had been fitted with helicopter landing pads.Skip to next paragraph
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During the three months the Canberra was attached to the Falklands troops, she endured repeated air attack. She brought the initial troops, served as a hospital ship, repatriated Argentine prisoners of war, then brought British troops back home.
The Canberra starts her return to civilian life on Sept. 11 with a cruise to the Mediterranean, including stops in Gibraltar and Corfu.
On Sept. 25 the Uganda, which served as a hospital ship in the Falklands, will head off for Seville, Florence, Pisa, and Carthage.