Nuclear Sub to protect the Falklands

20 May

According to reports in the Sun newspaper today, the British nuclear submarine, HMS Talent, has been despatched to the South Atlantic in what could be an explicit warning to Argentina to stay away from the Falkland Islands. As the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands War winds its way towards the victory celebration date in June, Argentina has become increasingly belligerent in its approach to the Falklanders.

HMS Talent, the Trafalgar-class “hunter-killer” vessel slipped quietly into Simon’s Town dock in Cape Town, South Africa last week under a cloak of secrecy. The Sun suggests that the vessel has been dispatched to the Falkland Islands armed with Tomahawk warheads. 

The newspaper’s source said; “Final preparations are being made in South Africa before a deployment to the South Atlantic. HMS Talent will be dropping by the Falklands and keeping watch. That’s what she is built to do — protect Britain’s interests. And that is what she will be doing this summer.”
 
HMS Talent can be deployed in a surveillance role — and is fitted with cameras and thermal-imaging periscopes.

The Falkland Islands have been British territory since 1765 albeit disputed with Spain. Argentina claims that it inherited Spain’s aspirations in 1816, in spite of the fact that Spain maintained its own claim until 1863. The United Nations protects the Islanders’ right to determine their own future. A right that Argentina denies.

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