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Argentina rejects naval exercise in Brazil because of Falklands' HMS Forth

Monday, September 19th 2022 - 23:04 UTC
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The OPV HMS Forth stationed in the Falkland Islands (Pic RN) The OPV HMS Forth stationed in the Falkland Islands (Pic RN)
ARA Piedrabuena, one of Argentine OPVs recently purchased from France ARA Piedrabuena, one of Argentine OPVs recently purchased from France

Argentina has dropped out of this year's UNITAS annual naval exercises sponsored by the United States, with the participation of South American and other extra-region naval units, which are currently taking place in the Atlantic organized by Brazil.

According to Argentine Defense minister Jorge Taiana the political decision not to join the multinational UNITAS LXIII event is because a Royal Navy vessel has been invited to participate, and Argentine policy is the safeguard its sovereignty rights over the South Atlantic islands.

The congressional bill referred to UNITAS states that Argentina in effect has been invited to participate in the combined naval exercises currently taking place in Brazilian waters, and although the Argentine navy was part of the team programming the event, when it was confirmed that United Kingdom units would be incorporated to the exercises, Argentina decided to suspend its participation given the sovereignty dispute with the UK over the South Atlantic islands and adjoining maritime spaces. The unit in question is the Ocean Patrol Vessel, HMS Forth currently operating in the Falkland Islands.

The Argentine displeasure follows on Brazilian policy to allow RAF aircraft in distress situations to land in Brazilian soil, despite the Kirchner government protests, and the fact that on September 8, Brazil held a huge naval display and parade, with many countries invited, including UK with HMS Forth.

The naval parade was to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Brazilian independence and the naval and air display in Rio do Janeiro included 21 units, submersibles, surface vessels, carriers and helicopters, of which eleven belonged to other countries including again HMS Forth. However an Argentine navy unit ARA Piedrabuena, one of the four OPV recently acquired from France was allowed to join the display.

Anyhow Argentine defense and congress sources allegedly were not entirely pleased with Taiana's decision who did not impede the OPV from joining the naval parade, but denied the Argentine navy participation in an international naval exercise taking place mainly in Brazilian waters, limiting prospects for training personnel, and which does not seem to endanger Argentine rights in the South Atlantic.

Critics also recall that an Argentine Task Force, with 220 members from the three services, are actually involved in peace operations next to a similar British force in the island of Cyprus under the command of United Nations. Argentina and UK have been sharing responsibilities in the island since 1993.

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  • Falklands-Free

    Taenk, For a little Country like the Falklands, we do very well for ourselves. We dont have debt, we trade with other Latin American countries even though your lot maintain an embargo against us.
    Just think of the financial gain you could have been getting by trading peacefully with us. But no your lot still wage a political war against us.
    That in itself does not portray Argentina as a great country in the world arena.
    So no we are not going senile. We are still rapidly going forward and the population continues to grow. Many people want to live here because they know they will be respected.
    Even some Argentines have opted to come and live here accepting our way of life, which is far better than that which Argentina currently offers.
    Few want to live in poverty.

    Sep 20th, 2022 - 03:48 pm +4
  • Judge Jose

    Argentine politicians, are just like petulant children, if they dont get their way then they throw their toys out the pram, what a complete shower of sh......te

    Sep 19th, 2022 - 11:00 am +3
  • Judge Jose

    It is Argentina who lose out, nothing more, it is called cutting of your nose to spite your face,

    Sep 19th, 2022 - 11:32 am +3
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