Warship set to sail to Falklands


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One of the Royal Navy's newest and most powerful warships is to set sail for the Falkland Islands a day before the 30th anniversary of the British task force setting sail for war.

Click HERE to view 'Falklands War: A look back in 50 photographs' gallery

HMS Dauntless, the second of the Navy's hi-tech Type 45 air defence destroyers, will leave its home port of Portsmouth Naval Base on Wednesday.

This will evoke memories of the first ships of the task group, including the aircraft carriers HMS Hermes and Invincible, sailing from the Hampshire port on April 5 1982.

Argentina has complained to the UN of the UK's "militarisation" of the South Atlantic following the announcement of the deployment of Dauntless.

The MoD has said that it is a routine mission with Dauntless taking over the patrols of Plymouth-based frigate HMS Montrose.

Commanding officer Captain Will Warrender said: "HMS Dauntless' ship's company has been working extremely hard over the last year or so to prepare for our first operational deployment.

"We are now ready to provide a reassuring presence in the region and protect British interests."

A Royal Navy spokesman said: "HMS Dauntless is to deploy to the South Atlantic.

"It is a pre-planned and routine deployment to replace Plymouth-based frigate HMS Montrose which is currently there.

"It will be the first deployment for HMS Dauntless."

Further reading:

Falklands War: A look back in 50 photographs
Shots across the bows: The images that defined the Falklands War
'It gets worse as you get older': Falklands survivors reveal how they deal with the memories