UK warship heading to Falkland Islands

2012-04-04 17:29

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London - Britain's defence ministry says one of the country's newest warships has set sail for the Falkland Islands amid renewed tensions with Argentina over the South Atlantic archipelago.

Well-wishers waved off HMS Dauntless on Wednesday as it left the English port of Portsmouth on its maiden mission.

The ministry says the six-month deployment is routine, with Dauntless taking over from the frigate HMS Montrose.

In April 1982, Argentine forces invaded the islands, which have been controlled by Britain since 1833.

Britain retook the Falklands after a brief war in which 255 British troops, 649 Argentines and three islanders died.

Tensions have risen again, with Argentina vocally reasserting its claim to the islands, known to Latin Americans as Las Malvinas.

- AP
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