Tuesday, February 19th 2013 - 23:38 UTC

HMS Argyll begins her West Africa and South Atlantic tour

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll left on Monday from Devonport for the West African region and the South Atlantic to undertake a range of tasks in support of British interests worldwide. She replaces in her South Atlantic tour HMS Edinburgh, ‘Fortress of the Seas’ which is to be decommissioned next June.

HMS Argyll leaving Devonport base for the south

Along West Africa HMS Argyll will be participating in counter-narcotics efforts and further south provide reassurance to UK territories and partners around the world. While in the South Atlantic she will be calling at the Falklands and South Georgia.

Since completing her previous deployment only 10 months ago, Argyll has been extremely busy conducting operations in home waters, including representing the Royal Navy at last year’s Armed Forces Day, at Belgium’s Navy Day and at a highly prestigious UK Trade and Investment initiative in Hamburg.

The crew has also undertaken an intensive period of training and maintenance to prepare for the tasks ahead.

The ship’s commanding officer, Commander Tim Neild said that as the vessel prepares to sail to the South Atlantic, “we can reflect on 10 months of hard work and preparation for this deployment in which my ship’s company have achieved fantastic results.

“This milestone however marks the beginning of a fresh challenge for Argyll and I am hugely confident that we will deliver success in all that is asked of us and in doing so will make a significant contribution to maritime security and British interests worldwide”.

On completion of her tasking in the Atlantic, the ship will undertake a number of high profile regional engagement visits in the Caribbean before returning to Devonport later this year, according to a release from the Royal Navy.

The third and current HMS Argyll is a Type 23 'Duke' Class frigate and is the oldest serving Type 23 frigate in the RN. HMS Argyll was laid down in March 1987 by Yarrow Shipbuilders at Glasgow, launched in 1989 by Lady Wendy Levene, and commissioned in May 1991. It is planned that she will retire in 2023.

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1 AzaUK (#) Feb 19th, 2013 - 11:51 pm Report abuse
militarization chatter here we come lol
2 Islas Malvinas (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 01:15 am Report abuse
Here begins the HMS Argyll`s peaceful vacation tour over the South Atlantic to defend 1300 British people from agresive and mighty Argentine army.
3 redpoll (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 01:26 am Report abuse
And where are those Argentine navy frigates?
4 José Malvinero (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 02:24 am Report abuse
.hese trash believe living in times of ships of candles as in the time of the usurpation of the Malvinas Argentinas in 1833 and hypocritically speak of “British interests”.
If I had my i would expect with the torpedos.
5 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 02:26 am Report abuse
Harbour Tours
6 Teaboy2 (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 03:00 am Report abuse
@4 Your tinpot submarines couldn't even fire their torpedoes in 1982! Given the state of your navy and lack of newer subs and weapon systems, what makes you think you can fire one now? You got more chance of one exploding whilst still in the torpedo tube then you have of your navy ever managing to actually fire one!
7 Anglotino (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 03:58 am Report abuse
“agresive and mighty Argentine army”

Have to love post 2's misspelling and then confusion! ARMY?

Oh that's right. Argentina doesn't have any real navy to speak of!

I love it when the trolls try to get in early and then make themselves look even stupider than they already looked.
8 reality check (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 04:07 am Report abuse
The ARA submarine fleet have just released a promotional video entitled, “Run silent, Run deep.” To you and I that's known has, “Sunk.”
9 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 04:12 am Report abuse
Donkey meat crisis to energy crisis, what's next?

“Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis, warns regulator”

“Households must prepare for a sharp rise in energy bills within two years as Britain comes “dangerously” close to power shortages, the chief executive of Ofgem has warned”


“HMS Argyll will be participating in counter-narcotics”

“Eighteen sailors on a Royal Navy warship have tested positive for cocaine, the MoD has said.

They were caught during routine testing onboard HMS Liverpool, deployed in the South Atlantic. The ship has been involved in combating drug smuggling”

10 reality check (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 04:30 am Report abuse
British Argentine Expat. Still keeping the folks back home up to date with the latest news from the British home front I see.
11 bushpilot (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 04:33 am Report abuse
“the usurpation of the Malvinas Argentinas in 1833”

Oh, OK. What a frickin' lunatic.
12 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 04:39 am Report abuse
Of course, here's my address:
London SW1A 1AA
13 reality check (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 04:39 am Report abuse
Don't know what expat is whinging about. His relatives back home will be burning pesos to keep warm and he will be paying more for his energy along with the rest of us. C'est la vie.

Loved the druggy story from 2008 though. Those sailors been civvies for nearly five years by now, after they got out the glass house that is.
14 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 05:18 am Report abuse
Burning pesos to keep warm? I am sure you know that we are in the middle of the summer right?
15 reality check (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 05:39 am Report abuse
What, they only have one season back on the old country?
16 Teaboy2 (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 06:12 am Report abuse
Well they not got enough dollar reserves to buy fuel for this coming winter, and they can not buy with peso's, so they might as well burn them to keep the heat on.
They'll be getting ration books soon for energy and food lol
17 lsolde (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 09:48 am Report abuse
Nice to see, showing the flag, touring British territories & as a visual reminder to the malvinistas that Argentina is NOT the centre of the universe. lol
18 golfcronie (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 10:28 am Report abuse
At least we know the situation and address it as regards power shortages.Not going to happen though. How are your power shortages going, you been able to keep the lights on?
19 Conqueror (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 12:45 pm Report abuse
@2 Yup. Only needs one proper ship, i.e. floating, to deter the “agresive and mighty Argentine army.”
@4 If I had my way no argie or argieland would exist!
@9 We have a navy. Where's yours?
@14 I see it's raining. And it's going to get colder! Sunny here in Britain.
20 Rufus (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 01:35 pm Report abuse
So given the normal arrangement of these things I'm guessing the order will be:

Complaint to the UN about militarizing the South Atlantic (despite it being a frigate replacing a destroyer)

Condemnation of the whole replacing-one-ship-with-another from whichever South American alphabet soup committee is currently most in KFC's pocket.

Argyll having a relatively quiet six months tooling around the South Atlantic, and finally...

Argyll's crew having a number of nice relaxing shore leave sessions in the Carribean on their way home.
21 Anbar (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 01:51 pm Report abuse
“”“Condemnation of the whole replacing-one-ship-with-another from whichever South American alphabet soup committee is currently most in KFC's pocket.”“””

22 Raven (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 03:15 pm Report abuse
The headline upon completion of this latest sailing should be ''HMS Argyll successfully completes the South Atlantic Navy pentathlon. Featuring such games as 'Don't get impounded in dock' , 'make sure you're seaworthy' and many more*.''

*Games were subject to change right up until the last minute, as we awaited yet another ARA vessel in unusual difficulties to provide inspiration.
23 briton (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 06:59 pm Report abuse
HMS Argyll
will go where it wants , when it wants , and their is nothing Argentina can do about it,

as proven time and time again,
despite the CFK cries to the UN.
24 Britworker (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 02:32 pm Report abuse
You think they would be more concerned about the subs off their coast than a single frigate, mind you it does float and it is allowed to visit foreign ports without risk of being impounded, that's got to make it a danger to the ”might Argentine navy@ lol
25 CaptainSilver (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 05:27 pm Report abuse
And, it British sepoys who are the cause of all Argentinas woes. Read all about it here:- www.buenosairesherald.com/article/124653/puppets-on-a-string . Absolutely hilarious. With newspaper articles like this no wonder KFC and tinman are so desperate!
26 briton (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 08:57 pm Report abuse
It was suggested; she said, that but for the nasty British,
Argentina would be ruling the whole of South America by now,

And its all the fault of the dastardly British ,lolol.
27 andy65 (#) Feb 24th, 2013 - 01:20 pm Report abuse
@Marcos Alejandro , How sad you feel so bad about your homeland remind us all again why you can not go and live back home in that shit hole Argentina
28 row82 (#) Feb 26th, 2013 - 11:42 pm Report abuse
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