HMS Dauntless arrives in Falklands
17 August 2012
Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless has arrived in the Falkland Islands, months after Argentinian politicians complained that the deployment amounted to 'militarisation' of the South Atlantic.
The second-in-class air defence destroyer crossed the Atlantic following several weeks in South Africa and has now arrived at Mare Harbour on East Falkland.
Portsmouth newspaper The News reported that Dauntless' presence was first noticed when her radar systems interfered with islanders' TV reception.
Hundreds of locals are already said to have attended a cocktail party on board the destroyer, which replaced HMS Montrose on the Royal Navy's regular South Atlantic patrol.
Argentina's leadership has publicly protested the deployment since the news first broke in January, but the Royal Navy has maintained that the Type 45's presence in the area is purely routine.
The Type 45s' capabilities continue to earn praise elsewhere, with a US Admiral saying Dauntless' sister ship HMS Diamond delivered an "outstanding" performance this week after joining the USS Enterprise to exercise with America's Carrier Strike Group 12 in the Middle East.
First-in-class HMS Daring returned to Portsmouth on 1 August following her maiden deployment in the Middle East.
HAVE YOUR SAY
20 August 2012
Good, hope it irks em.... if a sovereign state wants to deploy its military in its own territory it will, and we are.
Daniele Mandelli - Guildford
20 August 2012
It's not like it is sitting off their coast now is it!
If that's all Argentina has to worry about and moan about they obviously arn't in financial troubles that are hitting the world.
Good luck to them for having nothing else to worry about!
JC - UK