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Can Britain defend the Falkands?

Once lost, the islands would be impossible to retake

By Christopher Parry   March 2012

A Chinook aircraft waits for a load at Fox Bay in the Falklands, 1989. Photo: Flickr Commons

On the thirtieth anniversary year of the Falklands conflict, the Argentinian government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is restating its claim to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Could Britain defend them, if needed?

Britain maintains four Typhoon attack aircraft in the Falklands along with a naval patrol vessel and an enhanced infantry company, backed up by early warning radar and combat support assets. A destroyer or frigate and a nuclear submarine provide more cover, but not all the…

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