Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Dauntless Sets Sail

HMS Dauntless leaves Portsmouth later for a six-month deployment to the Falkland Islands.

Dauntless, a Type 45 destroyer, is the most advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic ship in the world, equipped with 48 Sea Viper missiles and the Sampson radar, which is more advanced than Heathrow air traffic control.

She is in a league of her own in air defence, with the capacity to track dozens of multiple targets.

The deployment comes as the Argentines have stepped up their sabre rattling over possession of the islands with a ban on all Falkland registered ships in South American ports.


Sending our £1 billion war-ship on her first mission to the area will reinforce our position, although it will cause difficulties for the Foreign Office, which is trying to downplay the rhetoric.

Admiral Lord West, former First Sea Lord and Falklands veteran, said the Type 45 has an “amazing anti-air warfare capability.”

He also sent a warning to the Argentine government. “Should there be any foolish nonsense from Argentina, Dauntless can sit just off the airfield and take down any aircraft coming in. It’s a game-changing capability.”

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