|The day job - avoiding a King Penguin|
|HMS Edinburgh. Last voyage.|
More information on the ship can be found on Wikipedia, (link below) although I don't agree with the comment about it "....protecting the small community.... from Argentina's warlike rhetoric". I keep abreast of the noise emanating from Buenos Aires, and I haven't noticed any "warlike rhetoric". Political posturing, yes, but, in fact, the news from Argentina's navy in January was that of one of its ships (also a Type 42 destroyer like Edinburgh) sank while in dock, due to lack of maintenance!
|Tight squeeze for the Lynx helicopter|
|I think this was done to make room for visitors....|
Recently, the ship has been patrolling the Caribbean on anti-drug smuggling exercises, and has been successful in finding stashes of cocaine on ships. But I think the Navy is struggling to find a role in today's world, as the UK seems intent on fighting wars in land-locked countries. I believe Edinburgh was used last year to shell parts of Libya; but Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali, are destinations too far for it....
|Looking towards the pointy end, with Stanley about 2 miles away.|
|Mounts William (left) and Tumbledown (right).|
|Launches coming through the Narrows.|
|Sea Dart missile system.|
|In contrast to below, the decks are uncluttered......|
|4.5" gun, can fire 23 rounds per minute, 15 miles...|
For details of two boats called "Edinburgh" meeting in mid-ocean, see here > http://robertsroundtheworld.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/hms-edinburgh/
On Sunday, a Sports Day was held at Stanley Racecourse. This was partly to hold some of the races which were held over from the washed-out Boxing Day meeting.
Down at the start of the 500-yard sprintInterspersed between the horse races, there were fun and energetic activities for children and adults - tug-of-war; backward sprinting; foot races etc
|Jockeying for position|
|Going down past the Grandstand|
|Flat out for the finishing line|
Today, there is a gale blowing and the scheduled cruise ship, Star Princess, has cancelled her visit. Stanley (population about 2,500) was expecting to welcome 2,500 visitors ashore today. Tomorrow, Veendam is expected, with about 1,200 passengers, so here's hoping the weather improves.