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Life on Royal Navy's Falklands-bound HMS Dauntless
BBC News ^ | 1 May 2012 | Jonathan Beale

Posted on 05/01/2012 7:54:07 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Life on Royal Navy's Falklands-bound HMS Dauntless

It is one of the Royal Navy's most advanced and powerful warships, now on its way to the other side of the world; destination - the Falkland Islands.

HMS Dauntless is the largest destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy, made from nearly 3,000 tonnes of steel. Its wide hull helps to support its two massive radar.

This Type 45 destroyer is radically different in design from earlier warships. The sleek, angled lines means it appears no larger than a fishing boat on another ship's radar. It is the navy's first stealth warship.

This is also the first time that a Type 45 destroyer has been deployed to the Falklands and the first time the navy has invited a TV crew on board a Type 45 during a deployment.

Many of the 200-strong crew were not even born when a much larger task force left to liberate the islands exactly 30 years ago.

But there are still a few veterans of that conflict on board. Weapons engineer Steve Collins was just 18 when he was on HMS Antelope, sunk by the Argentine air force in San Carlos Sound, better known as Bomb Alley. That was his very first deployment. And this will be his last.

He says he is looking forward to seeing the islands once again and visiting the memorials. But he also insists the deployment is nothing out of the ordinary.

Gary Morris, another Falklands veteran serving on board, also dismisses talk that this deployment to the South Atlantic is an act of "provocation" towards Argentina.

It is, he says, routine to have a Royal Navy warship protecting a piece of sovereign British territory.

The ship's captain, Will Warren

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: falklands; greatbritain; hmsdauntless; royalnavy

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1 posted on 05/01/2012 7:54:16 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Don’t they mean “The Maldives”?


2 posted on 05/01/2012 7:57:27 AM PDT by AU72
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Cool!


3 posted on 05/01/2012 7:57:30 AM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: AU72
Let's see. The Argentines had the General Belgrano and the Brits have the HMS Dauntless. My guess is that the islands remain the Falklands.
4 posted on 05/01/2012 8:02:58 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: AU72

Yep, that would be what the TOTUS calls it.

The rest of the Spanish-speaking world might refer to it as “las Malvinas”.

Heh. And they thought Quayle was dumb.


5 posted on 05/01/2012 8:09:51 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The Brits like their sailors to wear those head-face coverings. I assuming it is a for fire protection.


6 posted on 05/01/2012 8:30:00 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

they are to protect against flash burns.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 8:48:27 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: AU72

Uh, the Maldives are south of India in the Indian Ocean. Isla Malvinas is the Spanish name for the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 9:15:49 AM PDT by stormer
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Capt Warrender says it shows that the Royal Navy is getting the best value for money for the taxpayer. Today's navy has a surface fleet of just 19 frigates and destroyers.

How the mighty have fallen. Britain ruled the waves, not long ago.

9 posted on 05/01/2012 9:22:36 AM PDT by wbill
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To: C19fan
Our armored crewmembers still wear Nomex balaclavas to protect from flash fires...

...which is really just an update of a concept that goes back to the very first tank crews in WWI who wore chain mail veils to protect from spalling...


10 posted on 05/01/2012 9:32:39 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: stormer
Uh, the Maldives are south of India in the Indian Ocean. Isla Malvinas is the Spanish name for the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.

Tell that to Obama that's what he called it last week.

11 posted on 05/01/2012 10:28:59 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Joe 6-pack

What is spalling?


12 posted on 05/01/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: ops33

rivets and steel/lead fragments blown into the tank...


13 posted on 05/01/2012 10:45:58 AM PDT by spokeshave (If Obama is Lenin....who are Trotsky and Stalin...?)
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To: spokeshave

Thanks.


14 posted on 05/01/2012 10:48:25 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: ops33

Spalling is essentially the effect of turning the interior of an armored vehicle into anti-personnel projectiles. Even if a vehicle’s armor plate is thick and dense enough to prevent penetration, adequate compression and shock waves can cause the interior of the armor plate to fragment and splinter potentially injuring/killing the crew. US anti-armor rounds consist generally of kinetic (sabot) and chemical (HEAT) rounds for which spalling is largely a secondary effect. The British make extensive use of the HESH round for which spalling is its primary effect.


15 posted on 05/01/2012 11:30:42 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thank you very much.


16 posted on 05/01/2012 12:34:21 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Whoever Photoshopped the graphic forgot the actual long range radar, the BAE Systems Insyte / Thales S1850M radar operating at D band, an upgrade of the venerable Thales Nederland SMART-L.

Unless HMS Dauntless is paired with a Type 23 Frigate, it is a sitting duck with no real anti-submarine or anti-surface capabilities.

17 posted on 05/01/2012 4:13:33 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: C19fan

I bet she rolls like a pig in heavy weather. Think of the wind resistance on that superstructure.


18 posted on 05/02/2012 6:53:34 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: rmlew

Only if the helicopter is not operational for some reason.

Weather you may say, but 1982 proved that the RN will operate helicopters in more extreme weather than in peacetime.


19 posted on 05/03/2012 12:18:16 PM PDT by Stolly
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To: Stolly

1 or two Lynx HMA.8 can provide anti-submarine cover. But the 4 Sea Skua missiles that they can carry are a joke. What are these going to do against Argentina’s modified Type 42 Destroyer (with Exocet missiles), or 4 Almirante Brown class destroyers (8 MM 40 Exocet SSM). Even Argentina’s corvettes have better anti-ship capabilities.


20 posted on 05/03/2012 2:04:47 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: rmlew

What is their single T42 going to do against the SSN the Argentines claim we have down there ?

What is the entire Argentine navy, which you have listed in its almost entirety, going to do in an actual shooting war ?

The point is, its not a shooting war right now. If it was, it wouldn’t be a single T45 going down there so any discussion about a single ship being able to take on everything the Argentines have its a waste of your time.


21 posted on 05/03/2012 2:24:01 PM PDT by Stolly
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To: rmlew

What is their single T42 going to do against the SSN the Argentines claim we have down there ?

What is the entire Argentine navy, which you have listed in its almost entirety, going to do in an actual shooting war ?

The point is, its not a shooting war right now. If it was, it wouldn’t be a single T45 going down there so any discussion about a single ship being able to take on everything the Argentines have its a waste of your time.


22 posted on 05/03/2012 2:24:21 PM PDT by Stolly
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