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.