Choppers boost for Falklands
BRITAIN is to deploy two RAF Chinook transport helicopters to help bolster the defence of the Falklands amid renewed fears of a fresh Argentinian invasion of the islands.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the helicopters would enable the islands’ garrison to mount a “swift and decisive response” to any “emerging incidents”.
In a Commons statement Mr Fallon ( above) said a review of the islands’ defences had found they were “broadly proportionate” to the current threat level.
However he said the Government would be investing £180million over the next 10 years in upgrades.
Mr Fallon said: “The review we have undertaken confirms our commitment to the Falkland Islands.
“We will continue to defend the right of the islanders to maintain their way of life against whatever threats may arise.”
He added that the principal threat to the Falklands remains the quite unjustified claim of Argentina to the islands’ ownership.