Thirty years ago, the British Royal Navy was dispatched to
battle an attempt by Argentina to annex the Falkland Islands. The
episode is chronicled in the film, "Iron Lady," now playing in
theaters. But history is repeating itself this week, and Britain's
Prince William is among those deployed.
The Telegraph reports the Duke of Cambridge flew out Wednesday
night to begin a six-week tour of duty as a helicopter pilot,
crewing one of two search-and-rescue helicopters based at a large
military vase near the capital of Stanley.
Unlike 1982, there hasn't been any military action yet, but the
Royal Navy has dispatched the HMS Dauntless to the area. It's the
ship's maiden voyage. Argentine officials are playing up the royal
connection, referring to Prince William as a "conquistador."
A Ministry of Defence spokesman tells the Telegraph the ship
being sent to the area is simply coincidence, adding, "The Royal
Navy has had a continuous presence in the South Atlantic for many
years. The deployment of HMS Dauntless to the South Atlantic has
been long planned, is entirely routine and replaces another ship on