Would it be wrong to laugh?

Apparently, they are not ruling out sabotage

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This comment made me chuckle

Why don’t we send over a group of scrap metal merchants and….. hang-on, has this been done before?

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Challenger
Challenger
January 23, 2013 8:10 pm

Ha-ha (sorry I can’t help it). Why do we spend some much time worrying about these guys!

Not a Boffin
Not a Boffin
January 23, 2013 8:31 pm

Marginally more info.

http://www.canada.com/news/Argentine+destroyer+that+against+Britain+sinks+symbol+decay/7861166/story.html

She’d been in some sort of “reserve” since 2004. Corroded sea tube almost certainly did for her. Bet she was essentially tied up and locked, no maintenance, no preservation, no crew, no flooding alarms, no surprise.

Sir_Humphrey
January 23, 2013 8:50 pm

Good to see the new UK secret weapon of crack ninja suicide penguins has suceeded on its first mission!

Phil
January 23, 2013 8:57 pm

Don’t under-estimate them.

Our garrison of several thousand could be overwhelmed at any moment by a mischievous and unconventional plan.

The dogs.

WiseApe
January 23, 2013 10:01 pm

“”There has to be a well-founded reason for this.” – Black Buck rides again :-D

Ace Rimmer
January 23, 2013 10:17 pm

Why don’t we send over a group of scrap metal merchants and….. hang-on, has this been done before?

foxbat
foxbat
January 23, 2013 11:44 pm

Chortle chortle

Admittedly this ship had been out of service for sometime but still it doesn’t really fill one with confidence in their abilities when they allow one of their ships to sink. At the pier!!

McZ
McZ
January 24, 2013 7:37 am

Even the USN lost a destroyer while on pier.

What should be more problematic is the bad economic situation in Argentina, requiring a foreign scapegoat. If their soy bean harvest becomes as bad as predicted…

Stay tuned!

Gewyne
Gewyne
January 24, 2013 10:38 am

Loved this comment on the article

U.S.: Intrepid Aircraft Carrier: permanent Museum, New York

ARA Holy Trinity: Important ship in the Falklands War:

Differences between a world power and a third world banana republic …

Chris Werb
Chris Werb
January 24, 2013 10:49 am

You lot can take the ****, but the Argentine Navy is still a threat – one of their major surface assets recently returned from Ghana and looks to be fully operational.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/uk-argentina-ship-idUKBRE90901520130110

You have to hand it to the Argentine’s though – they chose a smokin’ hot president.

wf
wf
January 24, 2013 11:43 am

@Gewyne: HMS Invincible, broken up for scrap….

x
x
January 24, 2013 12:53 pm
Observer
Observer
January 24, 2013 1:20 pm

Peace X, peace. She may be an arse but no point letting her ruin your karma or nature.

x
x
January 24, 2013 1:47 pm

I could just go a nice chicken karma.

jackstaff
jackstaff
January 24, 2013 2:42 pm

Ace,

Shame there’s no HMS Del Boy in service to go lend a hand (and yes that does sound familiar…)

Sir H,

Surely mentioning “Them What Waddle” is dancing around the OSA paperwork? (” ‘Arold is that most dangerous of animals, a crack ninja suicide penguin….”)

x,

*Picard facepalm*

Also, where have you gone, Ossie Ardiles? In a grim sort of way that’s a bit of our collective youth, is that old hulk….

jackstaff
jackstaff
January 24, 2013 2:53 pm

Just occured to me: I s’pose that means you can’t really stick a sign that says “one careful owner” on the windscreen at this point, can you? Dockside view does tend to give the game away.

Brian Black
Brian Black
January 24, 2013 3:07 pm

They’d do well to clear out their ghost fleet if they really do have scores of ships tied up and left to deteriorate; instead of keeping up ship numbers for the sake of appearance.
This is down to underfunding their navy, not necessarily due to a lack of professionalism within that service. Let us not forget that other navy which forgot that HMS Astute needed water in which to bob around in; or which a few years back nearly sank HMS Nottingham after unexpectedly discovering and bumping into Australia.

Jim
Jim
January 24, 2013 4:58 pm

I heard it was the SBS doing their Cockleshell Heroes routine.

WiseApe
January 24, 2013 7:08 pm

“left-leaning President Cristina Fernandez.” – She’s not leaning to the left as much as that destroyer. Sorry, couldn’t resist that.

Swimming Trunks
Swimming Trunks
January 24, 2013 10:24 pm

I have an exclusive photo of our brave ninja penguins; I may be threatening national security by sharing so if if I “disappear” MI5 may have paid a visit…

http://p2.la-img.com/930/17693/5966159_5_l.jpg

Gloomy Northern Boy
Gloomy Northern Boy
January 24, 2013 10:37 pm

@ST – Presumably these are Mark 2 Penguins, Mark 1s having shown up in that video about hovercraft a few days ago?

x
x
January 24, 2013 10:46 pm

Um. Penguin karma and a vegetable pilau for two please…

Swimming Trunks
Swimming Trunks
January 24, 2013 11:26 pm

@ Gloomy Northen Boy – That is indeed my understanding. Some have criticised the Penguin Warrior programme of Gold plating perfectly good ninja penguins as pointless and there was the embarresing oversight of not waterproofing the mark one Penguin Integrated Combat Kit… By the top brass have always said we need to PICK up our Penguins.

jackstaff
jackstaff
January 25, 2013 1:00 am

x,

I suppose if they’d just spray-painted Santissima Trinidad’s bog with psychological-warfare graffiti that’d be penguin vandaloo?

JIB
JIB
July 15, 2013 7:43 pm

It’ll be visiting its two sisters at the bottom of the sea, thanks god this one without sailors on board, cheers.