THREE hundred extra troops are to be sent to the Falklands as the islands reach their highest state of alert in almost 20 years.
They are part of a force of more than 1,000 soldiers being prepared for duty in the south Atlantic and will be sent out in five tranches of 150 to 300.
They will include members of the Royal Artillery and 3 Commando, Royal Marines, with each group staying on the islands for three to six weeks.
Military chiefs are mounting a series of “high readiness reinforcement” exercises to plug a strategic gap until the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is operational in 2020.
Senior military sources say the war games will be “low profile” as part of a commitment to ensure the UK can secure its overseas garrisons.
Currently the islands have a core military presence of 1,200 troops, four Typhoon fighter jets and a missile battery.
Last night Air Commodore Andrew Lambert, of the UK National Defence Association, said: “I was deputy commander and air commander in 1997, when we had 2,000 troops stationed on the islands. At that time we said we were not prepared to reduce them because we could not know what Argentina had in mind: 2,000 troops was, in our opinion, the absolute minimum required to secure a proper defence. Yet this has been reduced to 1,200 and that includes cooks and medics.
Full article: Falklands on HIGH ALERT: Hundreds of British troops sent to Islands to boost security (Express)