Prince William Falklands Bound

10 Nov

(Reuters) – Prince William, a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force, will be deployed next year to the Falkland Islands, the setting for Britain’s 10-week war with Argentina in 1982.

William, currently based at an RAF base in Wales, will take on what the Ministry of Defence described on Thursday as a routine six-week deployment in the South Atlantic islands from February until March. He is not expected to take on any Royal duties during the course of his deployment although no comment was made whether he would still be in the Islands in April when the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War will be commemorated.

“This deployment forms part of a normal squadron crew rotation and will form  part of Flt. Lt. Wales’ training and career progression as a Search and Rescue pilot within the RAF,” the MoD said in a statement.

Argentina renewed its claims to the Falkland Islands in the 1930’s following a prolonged period when they had not disputed sovereignty. Frustrated with their lack of success diplomatically, Argentina invaded the Islands on April 2nd, 1982 and only left following a defeat at the hands of the British Task Force.  Some 650 Argentine and 255 British troops were killed during the short conflict. Since exploration for oil began, Argentina has again become aggressive in its dealings with its small neighbour. Often in defiance of United Nations Resolutions which defend the rights of the Islanders to determine their own future.

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