HMS Dauntless is to be deployed off the coast of the Falklands Islands in the South Atlantic, the Royal Navy has confirmed.
The Portsmouth-based ship will be the first of the navy's new Type 45 air defence destroyers to go to the area.
The Ministry of Defence said it was a routine deployment and HMS Dauntless would replace a frigate currently stationed there.
A MoD spokesman said he would not say when the ship was due to set sail.
He added that the deployment had nothing to do with increased tensions between the UK and Argentina about who owns the Falklands Islands.
BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said it was standard for the UK to have a permanent military presence in the region, which usually included a frigate, a patrol boat and occasionally a submarine, as well as troops and fighter aircraft.
Our correspondent said he did not believe the decision to send HMS Daun
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