NEWS: Royal Navy RIB damaged in incident off Gibraltar

A Royal Navy RIB like that involved in the collision (eliteforces.info)

A Royal Navy RIB like that involved in the collision (eliteforces.info)

A Royal Navy Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) sent to intercept a Spanish survey ship trespassing in British waters off the coast of Gibraltar was damaged on Sunday when it struck the survey vessel’s probe. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident.

In the latest chapter of the centuries long dispute over the ownership of Gibraltar which is currently under British administration the British government issued a strong protest to the Spanish over the survey vessel’s incursion. The Spanish responded by stating that the survey vessel, the Angeles Alvarino, was simply taking readings of a marine nature reserve declared by the Spanish government that includes territory inside Gibraltar’s territorial line.

The Royal Navy commented that the vessel acted in a dangerous and reckless way and that it is fortunate no one was hurt in the incident. The Royal Navy has two Scimitar-class patrol boats and three Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boats operating off Gibraltar.

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8 responses to “NEWS: Royal Navy RIB damaged in incident off Gibraltar

    • This was just downright silly. If the Spanish put in a request to Gibraltar’s government to monitor marine life in the area then surely it would be granted. But the Spaniards would never do that because it would give an air of legality over British rule which they deny even though it was a treaty signed by Spain that granted British dominion.

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  1. A certain Horatio must be turning in his grave thinking why the hell he bothered for a bunch of present day gutless Foreign Office butt lickers to make Britannia look like a rag doll.

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