The UK Royal Navy has deployed the Type 42 destroyer HMS York to the South Atlantic to carry out maritime security patrols around the British South Atlantic Islands, including the Falklands and South Georgia.

The warship has undergone considerable maintenance over the past few months and has been fitted with two new Rolls-Royce gas-turbine engines.

The destroyer has been equipped with the Sea Dart missile system.

On completion of duties in the South Atlantic, HMS York will undertake a number of regional engagement visits in South America, the Caribbean and the US.

The destroyer is slated to arrive at East Cove Military Port on East Falkland, South Atlantic, in mid-March 2011 and is scheduled to return to the UK in July 2011.