Spanish Warship Told To Leave British Gibraltar Territorial Waters

Spanish Warship Told To Leave British Gibraltar Territorial Waters – the 89 metre warship was warned and told to leave the waters of Gibraltar

Spanish Warship Told To Leave British Gibraltar Territorial Waters

There are frequent incursions into British Gibraltar territorial waters by both official and unofficial Spanish vessels, because Spain does not recognise the waters around Gibraltar as being British.  Tensions are running high between Gibraltar and Spain due to the current situation with Brexit, you can read more about that here.  Due to these tensions, a spotlight has been shone on the arrival of the Spanish warship Infanta Cristina.

HMS Scimitar And Infanta Cristina

HMS Scimitar pictured warning off the Spanish vessel Infanta Cristina. Picture from Newsgroup Pictures LTD

Warship Warned Off

The warship Infanta Cristina is an  89 metre warship which has just returned from duty in the Gulf Of Aden. The HMS Scimitar is a tiny vessel at just 16 metres in comparison to the Spanish warship.  The Scimitar warned the Infanta Cristina, which then withdrew to Spanish waters.

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a statement saying “The Royal Navy challenges all unlawful maritime incursions into British Gibraltar territorial waters – and did so again on this occasion.”.  The incident yesterday was the seventh incursion so far this year.

Written by Dave James

Published: 05.04.2017

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