Defence Upgrade for the Falklands

31 Jan

Britain appears to be upgrading its defence force near the Falkland Islands with the deployment of a Type 45 destroyer to the south Atlantic.

One of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships, the Ministry of Defence in London said the deployment was part of a long-term plan, and not a reaction to Argentina’s continued belligerence over the archipelago that the South American country would like to lay claim to.

HMS Dauntless, is due to set sail for the South Atlantic on her maiden mission in the coming months to replace frigate HMS Montrose.

“The Royal Navy has had a continuous presence in the South Atlantic for many years. The deployment of HMS Dauntless to the South Atlantic has been long-planned, is entirely routine and replaces another ship on patrol,” a spokesman said.

Daring and Dauntless are the first of six new destroyers which will replace the Type 42 vessels which started service in the 1970s. With crews of 180, they are the first to be built with a futuristic design that makes it difficult to detect using radar. The Type 45s are armed with high-tech Sea Viper anti-air missiles and can carry 60 troops. They also have a large flight deck which can accommodate helicopters the size of a Chinook as well as take on board 700 people in the case of a civilian evacuation

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