by Jason Moore

I sincerely doubt that the Argentines would ever invade the Falkland Islands once again but if they did they now know that Britain could never retake them! For the last six months former military commanders have been busy telling everyone that would listen that Britain doesn´t have the military capability for another Falklands task force. Whatever happened to keeping military secrets? On Sunday the former Task Force Commander, Admiral Sandy Woodward, was the last military commander to sound the alarm bells. Ofcourse, they are right and the fact that Britain no longer has an aircraft carrier means that a new Task Force couldn´t be sent to the South Atlantic. But what they don´t tell you is that the Falklands are far better defended now than they were 30 years ago. The Royal Air Force has four of its very capable Typhoon fighters based on the islands, along with 1'000 troops, two warships and state of the art early warning radars. In 1982 the islands were defended by 60 Royal Marines. The Royal Navy may be smaller than it was 30 years ago but its ships are much better armed. The majority of the ships in the Task Force in 1982 had outdated weapons systems and in most cases the frigates and destroyers could not defend themselves against Exocet-type air to surface missile systems. So my advice to these armchair generals and admirals is to keep quiet and enjoy their retirement. Walls have ears and all that and they are not helping matters!


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