Skip to comments.The UK Is Sending Its Most Advanced Warship To The Falklands
Posted on 01/31/2012 7:01:42 AM PST by blam
The UK Is Sending Its Most Advanced Warship To The Falklands
January 31, 2012
The UK announced today that they would be sending their most advanced warship to the South Pacific, near the Falklands Islands.
The announcement seems likely to inflame tensions with Argentina over the disputed Falklands, and may worsen the increasingly aggressive rhetoric from both sides, who went to war over the islands almost 30 years ago.
The Telegraph reports that the HMS Dauntless is a Type 45 destroyer, worth over £1 billion ($1.57 billion), and is "the most advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic ship in the world".
"It can shoot down Argentine fighters as soon as they take off from their bases," a Navy source told the Telegraph. "This will give Buenos Aires serious pause for thought."
The Navy has denied that the deployment was due to the tension in the region, and told the BBC that the ship would replace another already stationed there.
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If Kirchner is smart, and she is, it is best to keep the Argentine Navy safe in port. No sane person has any desire to once again see young Naval conscripts struggling for their lives in the storm tossed sea.
My chief concern for the Falklands is the last time we helped out the Brits with some intel. Can you imagine His Excellency, with his overt hatred of the Brits, doing the same? I can see him helping out the lefties in Argentina because social justice demands it.
"The UK announced today that they would be sending their most advanced warship to the South Pacific"
That's already been done.
The Argentine s lost the war, they lost the Belgrano and then they lied about it.
I’ve talked to many who was in that war in the British army and they all said that after the battles they saw the young poor conscripts, freezing, left by their Govt.
The Argentine s still try to claim it’s theirs every time the leader see the poll numbers going down.
No question in my mind that Soetero would love for the corrupt socialist Argies to stick it to his dad’s oppressors, the evil British Empire. I hope the back channels between our two militaries can cooperate in the absence of direct orders not to do so from Pennsylvania Avenue.
I think the Argies are barking from under the porch on this one.
Besides The Business Insider is based in New York, not the most internationally aware city.
Yes, my first thought as well. There was a time when the UK could do much more, but they are on their way to becoming a 3rd rate military power.
They better have a lot of reloads, too.
If the Argies forward deploy their aircraft, they would be vulnerable to forces stationed in the Falklands; if they stage them away from the Atlantic coast, they would provide target practice for a ship in the Pacific.
Weren't there stories the last time Britain kicked Argentina's ass that British commandos crossed Chile to destroy Argentine aircraft of the ground?
“The UK Is Sending Its Only Warship To The Falklands”
Meh, it’s not quite that bad yet:
Both countries military are in abysmal condition. If it wasn’t for US support during Falklands 1, the outcome would have been totally different. Don’t worry about Argentine pilots, they have plenty of bravado... just lousy equipment.
“Yes, my first thought as well. There was a time when the UK could do much more, but they are on their way to becoming a 3rd rate military power.”
Of course we are. We’ve barely got a canoe and shotgun between us, that’s why we’re the fifth most powerful armed forces in the world despite being a small wet island off the French coast. . . . . . ;)
“Both countries military are in abysmal condition. If it wasnt for US support during Falklands 1, the outcome would have been totally different. Dont worry about Argentine pilots, they have plenty of bravado... just lousy equipment.”
The fifth most powerful military in the world ‘abysmal’. If you say so. I do wish some of our American friends would stop thinking a few Sidewinders wins a war. Bravado or not, the Argentinian pilots had a 100% air to air loss rate against Harriers. They’re still in the same planes and we’re in Typhoons. Good luck to them if they think they are hard enough.
If you'll click to the original article, you'll find that I DID correct this mistake,
"It can shoot down Argentine fighters as soon as they take off from they bases,"
I suspect AA.
Why did you say Burma?
“Bravado or not, the Argentinian pilots had a 100% air to air loss rate against Harriers.”
The Argentine airforce was not there to dogfight Harriers but to sink British ships... which they did.
I think that this time its a diversion, the Argies would more likely try to invade “disputed” Chilean islands in the Beagle channel.
I love that expression.