British MoD:No Altercation With Argentine Corvette
Despite stories to the contrary, the British Government says there was no truth to the tale that the Royal Navy destroyer HMS York had an angry run-in with the Argentine Navy. Here from the Ministry of Defence Website:
The Sun has reported that ‘the Navy has intercepted an Argentine warship in our waters in the first head-to-head of the Falklands row’. The article says that HMS York spotted the vessel up to ten miles (16km) inside the disputed ‘oil zone’ around the South Atlantic islands and radioed her to change course.
This is factually incorrect. We can confirm that on 28 January 2010, during rough weather and at night, HMS York and an Argentine ship were operating in the same locality in international waters around 50 miles (80km) from Falkland Islands territorial waters. After a friendly dialogue by radio, they each continued with their own exercises.
Apparently, in mid-January, HMS York did “intercept” the corvette, but this was before the present crisis of words, and on much more friendly terms. From Royal Navy news we read:
In mid-January York conducted an exercise with a French Naval task group consisting of the French Warships FS Jeanne D’ Arc and FS Courbet. York then ventured into international waters to exchange pleasantries with an Argentine Warship, the FFG Drummond, who was in transit during heavy seas.
See? One Big Happy Ocean, so far. Thanks to James Daly for pointing out the last link!