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Falklands and South Atlantic Islands have a new defense commander

Wednesday, April 1st 2015 - 20:31 UTC
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Commodore Darren Bone MA has been appointed as the next Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands (CBFSAI), with headquarters in the Falkland Islands, and in April will replace Air Commodore Russ LaForte who has held the post since August 2013. Read full article

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  • downunder

    “We both thank you and wish the Falkland Islands every continued success in determining your future as you continue to Desire the Right.”

    'Desire the Right.' Hear, hear!

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 11:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    No histrionics, no braggart comments just plain, genuinely held beliefs by both commanders.

    Contrast these two men with the load of shit the argies have to command them.

    Is Milani in prison yet?

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 12:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steve R

    Wait for the letter to the UN decrying the appointment of a new Defence commander LOL

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 12:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Class act! Officer and a gentleman.

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 02:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Philippe

    More good news for the defense of the British Falkland Islands.
    God save the Queen,

    Philippe

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 03:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    “safe guarding our citizens and their way of life remains the most important responsibility of Her Majesty’s Government and the MoD”

    A responsibility we will not shirk or retreat from, be it for 10, 100 or 1,000 years. The British people will never cease to support the British Forces South Atlantic Islands and our British citizens wherever they may be. Let there be no doubt. 'We shall go on to the end. We ...........shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island(s), whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender'. Words that have famously been said before. Words that every Briton recalls. Words that sum up Britain. No matter the cost.

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    These men have a covenant! A convenant with those men who made the supreme sacrifice all those years ago. They will never betray it, it is up to the rest of us to ensure that in the coming decades, our government, what ever government it may be, also do the same.

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 04:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DanyBerger

    I hope this new commander will not cry like Admiral West when the argis sunk his boat in 82...

    Sad isn't it?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VPkJWWGn3o

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 05:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Radar picket, paid the ultimate price for victory.

    On the subject of crying, saw a lot of Argies doing the same over the Belgrano?

    By the way, why did your cowardly Captains run away. One ship lost and they bottled! Big time! The Brits stayed there and took it, big time!

    Guess you don't have much of a naval tradition, or an army tradition for that matter, still at least your airforce acquitted themselves admirably. By the way, when are you going to get around to replacing all those aircraft?

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 06:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Guess you don't have much of a naval tradition,

    That's because they don't have much of a navy...lol

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 06:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DanyBerger

    Ah! so good to have naval tradition....

    But wait a minute this must hurt anyway...
    OOps!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tbD7sBDXeM

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Oh dear, a British ship fighting in a war!

    That's never been done before!

    But you wouldn't know, would you, tis dangerous outside that harbour, did right to hide in there!

    No one thinks you are cowards, much!!!!!!!

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 08:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    11'

    The ARA General Belgrano was an Argentine Navy cruiser sunk during the Falklands War
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKegAqMyFe0

    That was nasty and below the belt,
    But then again typical evil argy,

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 10:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    How do you recognise an Argentine sailor?

    By the broad yellow vertical stripe down the back of his uniform!

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 10:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Results are all that matter. Battles might be fought or lost.
    The Winner of the War gets to write the History.

    1982?

    The World Knows The Truth.

    There Is Only One History.

    Argentina Lost.

    Everybody Is Entitled To Their Own Opinions.

    No-One Is Entitled To Their Own Facts.

    Argentina Fought An Illegal War.

    Argentina Lost.

    The Falkland Islands Remain British.

    Those Facts Remain In Their EntiretyForever.

    Nothing Can Change This.

    This is why the world consideres Argentina as a 'joke' country.

    Sad, but True.

    Apr 02nd, 2015 - 11:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @8 Dannyberger
    “I hope this new commander will not cry like Admiral West when the argis sunk his boat in 82...”

    As the new commander started his Navy Service in 1987, it is unlikely that he will cry

    “ when the argis sunk his boat in 82...”

    Apr 03rd, 2015 - 12:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alberto Bertorelli

    Our forces are great at running. Italian blood you see.. Run from the Belgrano, run from the paras, surrender at Goose Green etc etc... Useless

    Apr 03rd, 2015 - 06:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    I see Think has morphed into a new persona. Playing the long game huh Think?

    Apr 03rd, 2015 - 09:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #8 Yes of course it hurt but when the Belgrano submerged, the Argentinian fleet did the heroic thing and hi-tailed it back to their port and hid there for the duration. Good at rhetoric but also better at running away.... sailing actually.
    Your naval pilots were so incompetent that they could not sink either carrier...poor show.
    As for heroism, the Super Etandards came in virtually undetected, launched missiles and ran for home. You could compare them to long distance snipers.
    Effective but not heroic.
    At least the A-4 Skyhawks and Daggers ran the gauntlet and had to pay a heavy price...that took courage.
    What was the final result, an ignominious defeat for Argentina.

    Apr 03rd, 2015 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DanyBerger

    @Clyde15

    So can you tell me how Britan lost so many men in the battlefield?

    Have the British commited suicide or what?

    Still Argies 3 Brits 1 and were so lucky

    Apr 03rd, 2015 - 11:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Dany,

    Argentina lost MORE!!

    Have the Argies starved to death or what?

    Oops... I guess the conscripts were, at any rate.

    Apr 04th, 2015 - 07:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    #20
    Back to the old chestnut of the 1800's I see. It's the last battle or the next one that counts.
    Argentinian dead in ground combat ..... 201
    British dead in ground combat..............150
    The British lost men because they had to attack heavily defended positions either across open terrain or in mountains in the dark.
    If you spray an area with concentrated gunfire against troops crossing it, you are bound to hit something.
    The bottom line is that your lot threw in the towel when they met a more determined foe, even though they had all the advantages.
    Yes. some luck came into it as we should not , on paper ,have won, but against all odds, we did. Our men were made of stronger stuff than yours, and still are.

    Apr 04th, 2015 - 09:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    I wonder if our Commander from Dover knows Commodore Brown. Voice/ Think, would the one of you ask him please?

    He was probably just a wee sprog when the Commander was already campaigning for better service pensions.

    Chuckle chuckle.

    Apr 05th, 2015 - 12:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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