Enero de 2006
Pronto lo sabremos.
Todo esto no tiene nada de subjetivo y cierto hielo diplomático comienza a mostrar su peligrosidad. Las diferencias de criterio entre el Pentágono y el Departamento de Estado se acentúan y es probable que haya pedido de renuncias militares si la administración Bush no logra unificar una política común frente a la crisis. Malvinas vuelve a ser viable como zona de producción petrolera segura para la Union Européa y no hay nada concreto que la Argentina pueda hacer al respecto.
British Royal Navy warship HMS Liverpool is to leave Portsmouth to take up duties as the South Atlantic patrol ship where it will help maintain British control over the Malvinas, South Georgia and the South Sandwich archipelagos, all of which are claimed by Argentina.
The Type 42 destroyer will spend six months providing a maritime presence to protect the British interests in the area, taking over from sister Portsmouth ship HMS Southampton, Mercopress news agency reported, adding that it will also provide reassurance to the British Overseas Territories and act as a deterrent to potential aggressors threatening British interests.
Its role includes a range of exercises — some with the British army and the RAF — and reassurance visits to some of the islands.
The Type 42 destroyers form the backbone of the British navy’s anti-air capability. They are equipped with the Sea Dart medium-range air defence missile system, which in its primary role is designed to provide area air defence to a group of ships, although it is also effective against surface targets at sea. In addition to their role as an air defence platform the Type 42 destroyers operate independently carrying out patrol and boarding operations.
HMS Liverpool was the last of the Batch 2 destroyers — built at Cammell Laird shipyards in Birkenhead. It entered service just before a series of modifications was made to the class as a result of lessons learned in the 1982 Malvinas War between Britain and Argentina.
The British call the archipelago the Falklands.
While heading south it will visit Sierra Leone and Ghana to demonstrate Britain’s continuing commitment to the region. Its 280 ship’s crew will also find time there to assist with on-going projects such as repairing and maintaining schools and orphanages.
Commanding Officer Henry Duffy said: “Liverpool is trained and ready to conduct this challenging deployment and demonstrate to the wider community the real relevance of the Royal Navy today. We will be able to display the capabilities of this fine ship both in Africa and further afield and enjoy the experience of visiting new and different areas of the world.”