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Argentina's naval trainee tall ship “Libertad” scheduled to call at Portsmouth

Monday, March 27th 2017 - 08:08 UTC
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Argentina's Navy school vessel, tall ship Libertad left Buenos Aires on Saturday for its 46th training world tour, scheduled to last six months calling in thirteen different ports, including Portsmouth, announced the ministry of Defense. Read full article

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  • Kanye

    Couldn't call into ANY ports under the CFK reign - had to limp home in shame.

    Macri has brought some respectability back to Argentina.

    Soon the ice breaker too, so they can navigate their own waters.

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 08:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Good news. Tell me how does a SAILING SHIP equate to a modern Naval ship? What can they learn on board “ sea legs ” and navigation by stars and an abacus for example anything else, Oh forgot “ hoisting the white flag ”

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    I presume that they will learn teamwork under arduous conditions. Manning a tall ship crossing the Atlantic is no easy matter. Climbing the masts and going out on the yards requires nerve and could be seen as character building by overcoming one's natural fears.

    You are being a bit hard on a group of youngsters who were not even born at the time of the Falkland's War

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 12:51 pm - Link - Report abuse +5
  • gordo1

    I shall make a determined effort to absent from Portsmouth whilst this vessel is in town.

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 02:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Caledon

    I have no doubt the reception will be a lot more civil than if the visit was the other way round

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 02:36 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Room101

    For learning self-reliance and teamwork there is no better training.

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 06:51 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Jack Bauer

    What if it's a plan to disembark 60 cadets in Portsmouth, for 24 hours, and then claim sovereignty over the UK ??

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 08:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    You obviously have not been in Portsmouth !!!!

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 09:49 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    @JB
    Heh, claiming sovereignty over a country with a decidedly larger population would really not be a good idea for a democracy.

    Mar 27th, 2017 - 11:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @Clyde15
    You're right, I haven't....(presume it's nothing to write home about)...but the 'cunning' Argies would only use it as a point of entry....

    @DT
    But since when have the Argies been known for 'good' ideas ?

    Mar 28th, 2017 - 03:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    JB
    Nothing wrong with “Pompey”. It's the R.N.'s main naval base. The local matelots would have something to say....in a forceful manner !

    Mar 28th, 2017 - 07:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    Clyde15

    Nothing wrong with Pompey? I live in Pompey, born and bred! Matelots? You never see them and RN ships are “conspicuous by their absence”? We are all waiting agog to see the new aircraft carrier whenever that arrives - if at all. They are still dredging the Solent and the entrance to the harbour to make way for this gigantic vessel.

    I served in the RN played rugby for US Portsmouth when it was a first class club. It now barely exists in Hampshire League 3. And the soccer team is in League 2 but, I must say, it aspires to promotion this season. Also Hampshire cricket no longer plays any fixtures in Portsmouth.

    I can assure you that the Pompey of yore no longer exists.

    Mar 29th, 2017 - 07:19 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Martin Woodhead

    Umm Qasr is a city similar to Southampton,“ UK defence minister Geoff Hoon
    said in The Commons yesterday. ”He's either never been to Southampton, or
    he's never been to Umm Qasr“ said a British Squaddie patrolling Umm Qasr. he
    added: ”There's no beer, no prostitutes and people are shooting at us. It's
    more like Portsmouth.”

    Mar 30th, 2017 - 12:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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