Falklands warship sinking after mishap

2013-01-22 20:27
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Buenos Aires - A warship used to land the first Argentine forces in the 1982 Falklands War with Britain was sinking on Tuesday after a mishap, the navy said.

The "Holy Trinity," a destroyer retired from active served in 2004, was taking on water outside the Puerto Belgrano naval base after a 15cm pipe burst, the navy said.

Authorities had planned to turn the ship into a museum.

The vessel is significant historically because it unloaded a team of divers at Puerto Enriqueta on 1 April 1982, the day before Argentine troops invaded the British-controlled islands.

The 74-day war cost the lives of 649 Argentine and 255 British troops, and ended in disaster for Argentina when its forces were routed by a British expeditionary force.

Britain has held the South Atlantic archipelago since 1833 but Buenos Aires claims they are occupied Argentine territory.

In recent months, the sovereignty dispute has again sparked tension between Buenos Aires and London.

On 10 and 11 March, islanders will vote on whether they want the retain their status as a British overseas territory.

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