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HMS Gloucester sets sail for the Falklands next Friday

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 19:18 UTC
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The Type 42 destroyer takes over from HMS Portland The Type 42 destroyer takes over from HMS Portland

A Royal Navy destroyer will set sail for the Falkland Islands from Portsmouth to maintain Britain's interests in the South Atlantic, reports Royal Navy News.

HMS Gloucester will leave on Friday for the next seven months. She will spend the majority of her deployment patrolling the British South Atlantic Isles including the Falklands and South Georgia.

The Type 42 destroyer will take over from Devonport-based HMS Portland. She will also make official visits to various South American countries such as Brazil and Chile, represent the UK at an exhibition of defence technology and take part in maritime security patrols.

Gloucester's Commanding Officer, Commander David George, said: 'Gloucester will be providing British citizens in the South Atlantic with the reassurance of knowing that the Royal Navy is looking out for their interests.

'But while we are down there, we are also policing the seas and ensuring that they are safe for all to use and pass through.'

With the ship away until March next year many families are making alternative arrangements for celebrations such as birthdays and Christmas. Some have even celebrated Christmas already.

Commander George added: 'We have all been making the most of precious time with them in the last few weeks.'

 

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Marco

    'But while we are down there, we are also policing the seas and ensuring that they are safe for all to use and pass through.'
    Scared and desperate!
    Malvinas Argentinas

    Aug 18th, 2010 - 09:13 pm 0
  • Beef

    Really Marco. Explain your reasoning?

    This is nothing more than one ship replacing another. Argentina is no threat so doubt that anyone is scared and how does this represent desperation?

    You are a bit of a loser arn't you?

    Aug 18th, 2010 - 09:27 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    Thing is, Marco, that Britain has already told your lot what it thinks of your assertions of your “rights” in international waters.

    Both of the two previous on-station warships carried out rescues in said international waters.

    So, as the Captain said, the Royal Navy will police the seas and ensure that they are safe for all to use and pass through.

    I have no idea what orders the Captain may be sailing under. But it is a vessel it would probably be wise to stay away from.

    Aug 18th, 2010 - 10:16 pm 0
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