1976 - Incident ARA "Storni" - RRS "Shackleton"
On 4 February the Commander Dn. Ramón A. Arosa, commander of the Argentine destroyer ARA "Almirante Storni", ordered the British oceanographic research vessel RRS "Shackleton" to stop the machines, in order to board it. It sailed 78 miles south of Argentine Port, so the Armada Argentina argued that it was within the limit of 200 nautical miles belonging to the Argentine jurisdiction under the Law of the Sea, internationally recognized. The captain of the British ship, under orders from Neville French, English governor of the Malvinas, ignored Argentine orders and continued on course.
The destroyer-following routine procedures-fired several shots located ahead of the Shackleton with no response. Finally, assisted by a plane of maritime exploration P2-V "Neptune" from the Navy, he continued to pursue the English ship up to six miles from Puerto Argentino.
Some authors see in the fact that the destructor does not undertake more drastic action gestured planned by the Argentine government to strengthen its claim without allowing the situation to overflow. It did not recognize the UK the power of the economic development of the archipelago.
Indeed, the incident was not a major: London protested to his Argentine counterpart and to the Security Council of the UN; both presentations were answered by Argentina.
The United Kingdom was occupied by the Third Cod War with Iceland, so he tried to put cold cloths to the conflict, but without changing its traditional resistance to deal with the subject line; the foreign ministries of both countries pledged to resume talks but the Foreign Office informed the Argentine authorities that his government was ready to defend the islands against a hypothetical scenario of reoccupation. The Argentina insisted on discussing the core of the problem; in the words of Foreign Minister Raul Quijano:
the focus of our discussion is the sovereignty ...... can not move forward and if the UK does not want to discuss this issue we can not address the other issues. Of course we are very interested in economic cooperation and communication, but without sovereignty these are issues more peripheral