HMS Dauntless set to leave Portsmouth

DEPLOYMENT HMS Dauntless
DEPLOYMENT HMS Dauntless
Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. Pictute: LPhot Ioan Roberts

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The Royal Navy’s newest destroyer is due to set sail on its maiden mission for the Falklands today amid strained diplomatic relations between Argentina and Britain.

Warship HMS Dauntless will leave Portsmouth for a six-month deployment to the South Atlantic as Buenos Aires continues its vociferous criticism of Britain’s control of the islands.

Argentina’s Foreign Ministry yesterday accused David Cameron of ‘persistent glorification of colonialism’ after the Prime Minister said the UK helped right ‘a profound wrong’ during the 1982 war.

Dauntless is due to leave Portsmouth Naval Base at 10am.