Skip to comments.Royal Navy to send HMS Dauntless to Falkland Islands
Posted on 01/31/2012 8:12:40 AM PST by george76
The Royal Navys most sophisticated warship is being sent to the South Atlantic in a move that will send a powerful message to Argentina.
Dauntless will set sail for the Falkland Islands in the coming weeks armed with a battery of missiles that could "take out all of South America's fighter aircraft let alone Argentina's," ...
The Type 45 destroyer is the most advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic ship in the world equipped with 48 Sea Viper missiles and the Sampson radar, which is more advanced than Heathrow air traffic control
The ship is in a league of its own in air defence able to track dozens of multiple targets
"It can shoot down Argentine fighters as soon as they take off from they bases," said another Navy source. "This will give Buenos Aires serious pause for thought."
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Another term of the Cretin-in-Chief and our navy will have to rent it from the Brits.
How anyone in the military can salute that sorry piece of bottom-dwelling pond scum is beyond me.
Why, ohhhh why, cain’t Argentina leave this island group alone??? They have enough problems without tangling with the Brits again...
All they got there are sheep and mossy rocks...Geesh...
“Faukland Islands...Where the men are men, and the sheep are nervous!!!” ;-)
Can we all agree the UK has the coolest names for their battleships?
them aint sheep, them’s English war brides leftover from the last invasion, soon to be repatriated
Gawd Save the Queen!
Saw “The Iron Lady” yesterday. History does indeed repeat itself.
I think that your options are salute or head to Leavenworth.
Besides, when I was in, you had to salute so many a-holes every day that one more wouldn’t make any difference.
Ok, that is pretty cool.
This makes me feel somewhat more confident about the security of the Falklands. Dauntless will be covered by at least one Astute-class as well.
Could do with more boots on the ground though.
Another important item would be a US President who didn't embolden Argentina with his anti-UK stance. If Newt won the nomination I bet it would lower tensions in the South Atlantic.
If it weren’t for our British friends most of our WW2 aircraft wouldn’t have had “cool names”. I think many of the fighters & light bombers that were used in common with the USAAF were actually named by the RAF. “Mustang”, “Boston”, “Havoc”, “Tomahawk” all jump to mind.
Am I missing something or are there only 48 planes in all of South America?
I always thought “HMS Dreadnaught” was a good name.
“All they got there are sheep and mossy rocks...Geesh...”
Actually that has changed with the discovery of petroleum reserves that have been discovered.
Oil Grab in Falkland Islands Seen Tripling U.K. Reserves: Energy
Falkland Islands oil drilling begins
From a Navy that one hundred years ago had a steel wall of battleships and battle cruisers and supporting vessels protecting its country’s shores.
I remember taking the oath looking at a picture of POTUS Nixon....I think we audibly skipped that part.
Oil and to distract the population from their domestic malfeasance.
Their Shipyards do a heck of a job at transformation!
They can try to invade by air or sea. Troop transport aircraft would be sitting ducks for AA missiles and the Typhoons. It would be a slaughter, absolute suicide. I don't think the Argentine Navy would chance an invasion if it even suspected there was a nuclear sub lurking in the area. They remember the Belgrano.
It had better be as advertised if things get hot. Kipling's "Odds are on the cheaper man" apply here. In the last war the Argies paired up Neptunes with Super Etendards armed with Exocet anti-ship missiles. The Neptune vectored the aircraft in, with the Etendards skimming below radar and occasionally popping up like a periscope for a bearing. The radar guys on the target, HMS Sheffield, wrote off the on again off again blips as just noise.
When the aircraft got within range, the let fly the Exocets and hit the unsuspecting ship which, because of her aluminum hull and deck, burned like a torch for six days before finally sinking. The Brits also lost HMS Ardent, HMS Antelope, MV Atlantic Conveyor and HMS Coventry. HMS Argonaut and HMS Brilliant were badly damaged. These ships were frigates and destroyers and one transport. A pretty good score for Third Worlders.
At the time there was a great hue and cry about our large carrier and battle group concept. The proponents pointed out that the Brits, who went small, suffered from being unable to project enough air power and couldn't protect these ships.
Let's hope this crap doesn't flare up again and more men die uselessly.
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