HMS Edinburgh faces total wipe out

INCOMING! An oncoming giant wave in a picture taken by LT John Jackson onboard HMS Edinburgh. The ship was travelling from Cape Town in South Africa to the Falkland Islands

INCOMING! An oncoming giant wave in a picture taken by LT John Jackson onboard HMS Edinburgh. The ship was travelling from Cape Town in South Africa to the Falkland Islands

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HMS Edinburgh has taken on some monstrous waves on her way to the Falkland Islands.

Sailors clung on as Edinburgh – known in the navy as the Fortress of the Sea – was battered by ranges of mountainous waves en route to the South Atlantic.

Thankfully, Lieutenant John Jackson steadied his nerve to capture one of the moments as the warship sails from Cape Town to the Falklands.

She is due to spend the next five months patrolling the British South Atlantic Islands, including the Falklands and South Georgia.

Edinburgh is conducting maritime security patrols to police and protect islanders in the territories.

As she journeyed south, the Type 42 destroyer called at the Cape Verde Islands and a variety of countries off the west coast of Africa.

On completion of her tasks in the Falkland Islands, Edinburgh will carry out a number of high-profile visits in South America, the Caribbean and the USA, before sailing back to Portsmouth in time for Christmas.

The ship had a tragedy last month when female officer, Lieutenant Sara Hellawell, was found dead in her cabin during a stop over in Angola.

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