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UK bolsters Royal Navy presence in Gibraltar with two new vessels

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The Royal Navy has sent the HMS Pursuer and HMS Dasher to Gibraltar to replace the HMS Scimitar and HMS Sabre after almost two decades of service protecting Gibraltar. HMS Sabre and sister-ship HMS Scimitar have been at the core of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadon for the past 17 years.

The patrol speed-boats were commissioned into the Gibraltar squadron on January 31, 2003.

The naval vessels each weigh up to 24 tonnes, 16 metres in length and can carry 26 military personnel.

The boats have been used throughout the years for police, customs and rescue purposes.

The territory will be even more protected as HMS Dasher and HMS Pursuer are considerably larger and more advanced vessels.

The patrol speed-boats were commissioned into the Gibraltar squadron on January 31, 2003.

The naval vessels each weigh up to 24 tonnes, 16 metres in length and can carry 26 military personnel.

The boats have been used throughout the years for police, customs and rescue purposes.

The territory will be even more protected as HMS Dasher and HMS Pursuer are considerably larger and more advanced vessels.

“I have absolutely no doubt that Dasher and Pursuer will provide the same.”

Just last week, tensions soared in Gibraltar after a training exercise was disturbed by a Spanish vessel.

Three Royal Navy squadron ships were being trained near Europa Point, Gibraltar’s southern-most point by mine hunting vessels HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Penzance – when a Spanish warship entered the contested waters.

According to reports, the Spanish Navy patrol ship Rayo P-42 sailed into the British-owned waters but did not interfere with the combat drill.

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“The Royal Navy challenges all incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, and did so on this occasion.”

On Sunday, the Royal Navy confirmed it had shadowed a Russian destroyer as it sailed through the English Channel.

Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster, along with patrol ship HMS Tyne, monitored the passage of the Russian warship Vice Admiral Kulakov.

Commander Will Paston, the commanding officer of the Type 23 frigate, said: “The Royal Navy routinely monitors the passage of warships through the UK’s area of interest as part of its ongoing mission to support the defence of the UK.

“The Vice Admiral Kulakov conducted itself in a safe and professional manner throughout its transit.”



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