Having spent this weekend gone with survivors of the Coventry (my dad among them) at their 30th anniversary reunion it was a bit of a shock to see the underwater footage. I knew it existed, but hadn't expected the MoD to ever release any of it. Spooky to see the Sea Dart still on the launcher - as the ship rolled over that missile punctured my dad's liferaft, sinking him for the second time that day.
As well as recovering classified material and certain other tasks, the divers recovered the Cross of Nails (made up of nails from the roof of Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in the WWII blitz). The Cross went on to be held by HMS Coventry F98 and on that ship's decommissioning went back to Coventry Cathedral. With the launch of HMS Diamond and the ship's adoption by the City of Coventry, the Cross is now back onboard a Royal Navy warship and Diamond's CO kindly allowed the HMS Coventry Association to borrow the Cross for Friday's memorial service.