Skip to comments.Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands
Posted on 01/12/2013 2:58:56 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands
Defence chiefs have drawn up new contingency plans designed to prevent hostile action by Argentina towards the Falkland Islands.
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
9:00PM GMT 12 Jan 2013
A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies.
It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands future.
The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west London are also said to include a show of force such as conducting naval exercises in the South Atlantic.
These could involve the deployment of the Royal Navys Response Task Force Group, a flotilla comprising destroyers, a frigate, a submarine and commandos.
Alternatives include deploying elements of the Armys 16 Air Assault Brigade the airborne task force which includes members of the Parachute Regiment which has just completed a series of demanding exercises in Spain preparing for general war.
The Government is expecting a 100 per cent yes vote when the islanders are asked on March 11: Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?
Intelligence chiefs have warned David Cameron that a resounding yes vote could lead to an aggressive stunt by the Argentine government, such as the planting of the countrys flag on the island by a small raiding party.
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Argentina should just coin some Trillion $ coins and buy it.
Wouldn't work, the British would coin a Bazillion $ coin and buy it back.
Well then Argentina should mint a diamond-chipped quadrabazillion $ coin!
It cost about Great Britian $500k per Falklander to attack and free them 30 years ago. May not continue to be worth it. The U.S. should have stayed out of it and let the British bomb the mainland where everyone could learn of the consequences. In the US we used to hang cattle rustlers-not because of the lost cattle. It was because of the difficulty in keeping them from being stolen. Up the ante.
If I was an Argentine soldier, I would not look forward to dealing with a British army with such recent combat experience.
This is all bluster on be half of the Argentinian’s because their currency is worthless........And their PM just wants to divert attention.
I’ve been to Buenos Aires - most aren’t buying her crap.
Maybe the Limeys would do better to nuke Argentina this time around. They might get the point after that....
Remember also that the Iron Lady order the Brit sub to sink the Belgrano while she was technically outside the exclusion zone, though headed towards the islands. That's how to fight a war..will Cameron have the same intestinal fortitude?
Also Reagan aided the Brits by giving them access to our satellite imagery..the Brits knew what the Argentines were up to. Will Obama do the same this time? I suspect not.
One dummy Trident D5 warhead over Buenos Aires would do it....
One squadron of Typhoon’s, one Type 45 Destroyer and one regiment of British troops would be enough to mangle any attempt by Argentina to land on the islands.
Don't be so sure. Have you seen the national debt and Obama's spending lately?
Armed Forces Personnel: 320,000
Ships: 2 Carriers, 2 Assault ships, 32 Submarines, 15 Destroyers, 46 Frigates, 1 Ice Patrol Ship, 12 Hydrographic survey ships, 15 Patrol ships/craft, 29 Minesweepers and minehunters, 45 Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Aircraft: 400 plus
Armed Forces personnel:160,000
Ships: 0 Carriers, 9 Submarines, 7 Destroyers, 13 Frigates, 2 Assault/Helicopter Carriers, 2 Assault/Command Ships, 3 RFA Landing Ships, 3 Survey ships, 1 Ice Patrol Ship, 4 Patrol Ships, 15 Minehunters, 10 Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Fighter Aircraft: 130
The Argentine military is a disastrous joke compared to 1982, too. Despite all their bluster, they haven’t funded their military in the last 30 years. Most of their aircraft (which are still A-4s, amazingly) are unflyable.
1 helicopter carrier 5 Destroyers, 13 frigates, 6 fleet subs.
THAT is the entire Royal Navy today. It is a pale shadow of what they were incapable of offensive power. There are no Harriers at all anymore. They have NO heavy bombers,,period.
They have the ability to shoot a few cruise missiles at the mainland. And also all out nuclear war.
But they have Typhoons and thats about it. They are restricted to one base they can fly from. And at max range they can annoy the argentine mainland, but accomplish little.
The British soldier is pretty good, but his nation is incapable of a repeat of the early 80s.
They couldn’t even maintain an air interdiction effort over Libya, from well established NATO bases without us doing it for them. Realistically, the British are only invlved in any of our wars because it’s a way for them to have some political say, and to insert Officers into cool career enhancing jobs.
They literally have more generals than they do tanks now.
There are 4 typhoons in the Falklands, at one base. The Argies could open festivities at 4am some morning and wipe out the fighter fleet with sub launched Commandos, or a sub launched cruise missile or two.
Then speaking of Subs, they use the extremely silent German 209. Even nuke attack subs play sheer hell trying to find those in waters such as those in the Falklands Archipeligo.
And the Argie ships, A-4s and mirages carry exocets still.
It wouldn’t be the cakewalk the anglophiles think it would be.
The Brits could likely hold the islands, because it would be just as hard for the Argies to move in force to the island. But the Brits would suffer some nasty losses. Realistically they cannot project power much better than the Argies, especially down there. So the stalemate would contine.
The real nightmare is that the political situation has changed in south America. Brazil and other south Americans might ally with Argentina if that Argentine woman can cast this as Europeans against poor south America. And Obama would never help England. He hates them as much as he does us.
It could all get really weird.
Argentina is in even worse condition. Half of its pilots have lost their pilot’s licenses, because they cannot log enough flight time to maintain their pilot’s licenses. The Navy has only about 16 warships that are in a state of combat reeadiness out of some 60 ships. The Army is worse still.
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