Monday, 2 February 2015

Falklands on HIGH ALERT: Hundreds of British troops sent to Islands to boost security

THREE hundred extra troops are to be sent to the Falklands as the islands reach their highest state of alert in almost 20 years.They are part of a force of more than 1,000 soldiers being prepared for duty in the south Atlantic and will be sent out in five tranches of 150 to 300.

They will include members of the Royal Artillery and 3 Commando, Royal Marines, with each group staying on the islands for three to six weeks.

Military chiefs are mounting a series of “high readiness reinforcement” exercises to plug a strategic gap until the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is operational in 2020. Senior military sources say the war games will be “low profile” as part of a commitment to ensure the UK can secure its overseas garrisons.

Currently the islands have a core military presence of 1,200 troops, four Typhoon fighter jets and a missile battery.

A senior source said: “The aim is to put more than 1,000 troops from five different cap badges into the islands by November but they will deploy in small groups from 150 to 300, for short tours.” Read more    HERE   

(RG) Its best to be prepared and show Argentina that even if they get second hand Russian jets they will be up against a battle hardened military force.