May 24, 2013
British destroyer returns home after patrolling South Atlantic
After a six-month deployment to the South Atlantic, including a patrol of the Malvinas Islands, the British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dauntless has returned to port in Portsmouth, southern England.
The deployment of one of the most powerful and modern war machines in the world had triggered discrepancies and the refusal of the Argentine government which considered it another sign of the British militarization of the South Atlantic.
Likewise, the Dauntless patrolled the Malvinas Islands in the year of the 30th anniversary of the 1982 war, and among a heavy series of sovereignty claims voiced by the administration of President Fernández de Kirchner in many international forums.
During her stay in the South Atlantic archipelago, the destroyer interacted with RAF and Army assets in joint exercises.
The Type-45 destroyer maintained a continuous presence “protecting British interests in the region, carrying out maritime security operations off West Africa and the wider South Atlantic”, according to Royal Navy authorities.
In her 38,280 kilometer trip, the Dauntless visited 18 countries including African Eastern coast’s nations like Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leona, Senegal, Angola and South Africa.
Likewise, it sailed the Caribbean Sea and touched base in the US East Coast.