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HMS Edinburgh leaves for South Atlantic, Falklands and South Georgia patrolling

Tuesday, May 24th 2011 - 20:02 UTC
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The Tpye 42 destroyer has undergone maintenance and Sea Dart missile testing   The Tpye 42 destroyer has undergone maintenance and Sea Dart missile testing

HMS Edinburgh leaves Wednesday for a seven months patrol of the British South Atlantic Islands, including the Falklands and South Georgia. She will be conducting maritime security patrols, policing and protecting Islanders living in the British Overseas Territories.

During her journey south she Type 42 destroyer will call at the Cape Verde Islands and a variety of countries off the west coast of Africa before arriving in the Falklands in the midst of the southern hemisphere winter.

The last few months have seen the ship’s company put through their paces with operational sea training from January to April, while the ship itself has undergone maintenance. The ship also put her Sea Dart missile system to the test, firing several missiles on the Royal Navy's Hebrides firing range.

Her Commanding Officer, Commander Paul Russell, said: “Since emerging from refit last year, through trials and operational training, Edinburgh’s team has been focused on this deployment to the South Atlantic, a region of high profile political and joint military interest where the Royal Navy has had a continuous and significant effect over many years.

“I am delighted with my ship's company's response to recent training and am hugely grateful for the first rate engineering support provided by Portsmouth Naval Base to ensure we sail in a safe and sustainable material state.

”By sheer distance from the UK, and in the face of a harsh South Atlantic winter, the deployment will present real operational challenges for us all, but this will be balanced by the visits to some wonderfully diverse countries and the opportunity for the Royal Navy to demonstrate its impressive global reach and versatility.”

On completion of her tasking in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, Edinburgh will carry out a number of high profile regional engagement visits in South America, the Caribbean and the USA.

As a Type 42 destroyer, HMS Edinburgh provides the backbone of the Royal Navy's anti-air capability. Equipped with the Sea Dart medium range air defense missile system, providing area air defense to a group of ships, it is also effective against surface targets at sea.

In addition to their air defense role, the Type 42 destroyers operate independently carrying out patrol and boarding operations, recently carrying out anti-narcotics and anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf, Caribbean, and the South Atlantic as well as providing humanitarian assistance when required.

“The Fortress of the Sea” was the penultimate and largest of the Type 42 destroyers built for the Royal Navy at Cammell Laird shipyard in Liverpool. She is the sixth Royal Navy ship to bear the name and was launched by Lady Heseltine in 1983.

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  • Marcos Alejandro

    Anchor on HMS Edinburgh. Taken on Friday 25 March 2011 in Leith, Edinburgh.

    Can you please send something better than this crap down here to Malvinas Argentinas, now I see why all the HMShits are heading to a scrap yard in Turkey or a Chinese restaurant in Liverpool.

    May 24th, 2011 - 09:04 pm 0
  • Beef

    Marcos - The reason we send our older kit down there is to show you how much contempt we hold for you.

    Why send one of our more modern ships down there when the angry and mentally unstable neighbour is in fact a toothless big mouth with no power or leverage.

    Now that is obvious isn't it thicko?

    May 24th, 2011 - 09:50 pm 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Beef, The reason you send this crap is because your more modern equipment gets stuck in the Scottish'mud.

    May 24th, 2011 - 10:23 pm 0
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