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The British are building up their forces in the Falklands.

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  • #16
    Originally posted by johnbryan View Post
    Probably so, especially after the UK dragooned every friendly merchant ship, clapped some sort of flak guns onto their decks, before loading them to the gunwhales with alot of lads fresh from the pub, for a free vacation holiday down to the south Atlantic. An old pal of mine once told me he made the entire transit aboard a comandeered channel car ferry back in the early 80's.. What a rollicking journey that must have been, especially with all of the free flowing vomit flowing from the scuppers
    MV Norland if he was a Para.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by johnbryan View Post
      Most of the Falkland Islands are uninhabitted. I don't understand why the British Government doesn't turn much of that unused area into a military reservation for the training of their elite Paras, Royal Marines, SAS and SBS troops. If nothing else, it would give them a reason to forever base large numbers of troops there with ever rotating training schedules.
      Hi

      They have/had medium scale training facilities at Onion training ground/ranges back when I was there in 1986. Also had some difficult ad-hoc training grounds around Mt Adam as well. Must dig out a pic of me doing some leisurely walking up it

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      • #18
        How big is Argentine army?
        "Give me 100 000 croatian soldiers and I will conqure all world" - Napoleon Bonaparte

        Soldiers are coming and leaving while war will never end.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Hansika View Post
          How big is Argentine army?
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_Army#Present

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          • #20
            The vessel carries four fully functional 47 mm QF 3 pounder Hotchkiss cannons, 1891 model,[6] which were transferred from the previous school ship ARA Presidente Sarmiento.[citation needed] Although only used as a protocol salute battery, these cannons make Libertad the second most heavily armed tall ship in the world.[7]

            Interesting. Can HMS Victory take her one on one?
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            • #21
              She's chronologically closer to the Belfast. Send that.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by marktwain View Post
                The vessel carries four fully functional 47 mm QF 3 pounder Hotchkiss cannons, 1891 model,[6] which were transferred from the previous school ship ARA Presidente Sarmiento.[citation needed] Although only used as a protocol salute battery, these cannons make Libertad the second most heavily armed tall ship in the world.[7]

                Interesting. Can HMS Victory take her one on one?
                As I remember it Victory is only carrying fibreglass replica cannon, at least on her main deck.

                The cutlasses and boarding pikes are real though.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Hansika View Post
                  How big is Argentine army?
                  Wrong question. They could have the entire US Army parked outside Buenos Aires waiting to storm the Falklands, without Navy & Air to transport, supply, reinfirce & cover it wouldn't matter. My understanding is that the Argentine Navy & Air Force simply aren't up to the task at hand. Not even close, in fact.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by BF69 View Post
                    Wrong question. They could have the entire US Army parked outside Buenos Aires waiting to storm the Falklands, without Navy & Air to transport, supply, reinfirce & cover it wouldn't matter. My understanding is that the Argentine Navy & Air Force simply aren't up to the task at hand. Not even close, in fact.
                    Here's a list of all vessels currently in the Argentine Navy. I would respectfully say that it doesn't pay to underestimate one's adversaries, because "pride go'weth' before a fall." With the Argentine economy in the tank, a popular and possible national crusade on the far horizon and an unstable woman president at the nation's helm, anything is possible.

                    Amphibious vessels
                    ARA Hércules Type 42 Amphibious command ship (LCC) (1) ARA Hércules 52) - reconverted to an amphibious command vessel.

                    Costa Sur modified Amphibious cargo ship (LKA) (1) ARA Bahía San Blas (B-4)


                    Destroyers (Frigates)

                    ARA La Argentina Almirante Brown class destroyer (4) ARA Almirante Brown (D-10)
                    ARA La Argentina (D-11)
                    ARA Heroína (D-12)
                    ARA Sarandí (D-13)


                    Submarines
                    ARA San Juan TR-1700 submarine (2) ARA Santa Cruz (S-41)
                    ARA San Juan (S-42)

                    Type 209 submarine (1) ARA Salta (S-31)

                    Corvettes
                    ARA Gomez Roca
                    ARA Guerrico Espora class corvette (6) ARA Espora (P-41)
                    ARA Rosales (P-42)
                    ARA Spiro (P-43)
                    ARA Parker (P-44)
                    ARA Robinson (P-45)
                    ARA Gómez Roca (P-46)

                    Drummond class corvette (3) ARA Drummond (P-31)
                    ARA Guerrico (P-32)
                    ARA Granville (P-33)


                    Patrol ships
                    Murature class patrol vessel (2) ARA Murature (P-20)
                    ARA King (P-21)

                    Baradero class patrol boat (4) ARA Baradero (P-61)
                    ARA Barranqueras (P-62)
                    ARA Clorinda (P-63)
                    ARA Concepción del Uruguay (P-64)

                    Intrépida class fast attack craft (2) ARA Intrépida (P-85)
                    ARA Indómita (P-86)


                    Support ships

                    ARA Patagonia
                    ARA Ciudad de Rosario Tankers and oilers (2) ARA Patagonia (B-1) - Tanker
                    ARA Ingeniero Julio Krause - Oiler[22]

                    Costa Sur class transport ships (2) ARA Canal de Beagle (B-3)
                    ARA Cabo de Hornos (B-5)

                    Tug boats (7) ARA Teniente Olivieri (A-2)
                    ARA Francisco de Gurruchaga (A-3)
                    ARA Suboficial Castillo (A-6)
                    ARA Alférez Sobral (A-9)
                    ARA Ciudad de Zárate (Q-61)
                    ARA Ciudad de Rosario (Q-62)
                    ARA Punta Alta (Q-63)

                    School Ship (1) ARA Libertad (Q-2)

                    Icebreaker (AGOS) (1) ARA Almirante Irizar (Q-5)

                    Oceanographic Ship (1) ARA Puerto Deseado (Q-20)

                    Hydrographic Vessels (2) ARA Comodoro Rivadavia (Q-11)
                    ARA Cormoran (Q-15)
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                    • #25
                      The Argentines also have a merchant marine of some 36 large ships, many of which could easily be pressed into national service should the need arise, much the same way the UK's QEII and other ships were used to ferry British troops and equipment to the Falklands in 82. If I were in MI-6, I'd keep a close watch on these 36 merchant ships to see if any major conversions were being made to them as far as carrying troops and light landing craft.
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                      • #26
                        Plenty of targets then.
                        What would Occam say?

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by billscottmorri View Post
                          Plenty of targets then.
                          How many torpedoes and missiles does a Traflgar class submarine have?

                          The Argies could try and send more ships than one sub could realistically sink. Same with planes. A mass attack by most of their airforce, while costly could swamp the Typhones and enable troops to be landed.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                            How many torpedoes and missiles does a Traflgar class submarine have?

                            The Argies could try and send more ships than one sub could realistically sink. Same with planes. A mass attack by most of their airforce, while costly could swamp the Typhones and enable troops to be landed.
                            Who knows? The practical possibilities are endless. Best case British scenerio. "Be ever vigilant and not let down your guard."
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                              How many torpedoes and missiles does a Traflgar class submarine have?

                              The Argies could try and send more ships than one sub could realistically sink. Same with planes. A mass attack by most of their airforce, while costly could swamp the Typhones and enable troops to be landed.
                              I would say that if a few big targets were holed the rest would seek safe harbour pretty fast. Are they a better navy now than in the last war when they stayed in port?
                              What would Occam say?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                                How many torpedoes and missiles does a Trafalgar class submarine have?
                                Hi

                                Exact figures are kept under wraps but most sources say it ranges between
                                25-35, a mixture of missile or torpedo

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