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The UK announced today that they would be sending their most advanced warship to the South Pacific, near the Falklands Islands.The announcement seems likely to inflame tensions with Argentina over the disputed Falklands, and may worsen the increasingly aggressive rhetoric from both sides, who went to war over the islands almost 30 years ago.
The Telegraph reports that the HMS Dauntless is a Type 45 destroyer, worth over £1 billion ($1.57 billion), and is “the most advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic ship in the world”.
“It can shoot down Argentine fighters as soon as they take off from they bases,” a Navy source told the Telegraph. “This will give Buenos Aires serious pause for thought.”
The Navy has denied that the deployment was due to the tension in the region, and told the BBC that the ship would replace another already stationed there.
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