Chief Minister’s Statement on Release of Tanker Grace 1

August 15, 2019 – On the 3rd July I specified the very large crude carrier, the Grace 1, under the Sanctions Regulations. The designation of the vessel arose from information providing Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar with reasonable grounds to suspect that the Grace 1 was being used in breach of applicable EU Sanctions against Syria. The information suggested that…

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HMS Forth Visits Gibraltar

August 1, 2019 – HMS Forth has paid her first visit to Gibraltar as the Portsmouth-based patrol vessel continues to write the ‘operators’ manual’ for the five-strong class of warships. With the unmistakable outline of The Rock behind her, the UK’s newest operational warship debuts in the Mediterranean. The 2,000-tonne ship began operations this spring after an intensive period of…

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Rock Solid Protection from Gibraltar Squadron

July 31, 2019 – The Royal Navy’s guardians of The Rock have received a glowing annual report – just as souped-up HMS Scimitar returns to the water. The Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron successfully completed its annual Operational Sea Training – a week designed to ensure it is ready for operations in and around the UK’s overseas territory. Across seven days,…

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Gibraltar Condemns Illegal Spanish Naval Incursion into BGTW

February 18, 2019 – The Government condemns the incursion by the Spanish Navy (ESPS Tornado) into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) yesterday. This is yet another senseless provocation that achieves nothing expect generating an atmosphere of mistrust and hostility which benefits nobody. The Spanish Foreign Ministry is now itself on record as having confirmed that the communications in question were…

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Hangar first for HMS Queen Elizabeth as she weathers stormy seas in Biscay

For the first time ever a giant RAF Chinook helicopter has been stowed in the hangar of a British aircraft carrier. With the nose protruding over the edge of one of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s two mighty aircraft lifts, the 99ft-long helicopter from RAF 7 Squadron was moved from the flight to the hangar deck. So large are the lifts and…

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Gibraltar Squadron rewarded for constantly guarding the Rock’s waters

The boats of the Gibraltar Squadron can now hoist the Fleet Efficiency Flag – a small blue and white pennant – on their RIBs and HM Ships Sabre and Scimitar as they zip around the waters of the Rock. Two dozen sailors and Royal Marines operate some of the smallest vessels in the Royal Navy’s inventory – which are also…

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Armed Forces Minister reinforces UK support to Gibraltar

Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, arrived in Gibraltar November 8th. He will meet Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, Deputy Governor, Nick Pyle OBE, as well as service personnel stationed in the UK overseas territory as part of a visit to discuss Brexit and the role of the UK’s military in Gibraltar. Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster,…

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HMS Ocean tracks weather as she speeds to hurricane zone

HMS Ocean is heading into the ‘Atlantic hurricane conveyor belt’ at top speed as she races to deliver crucial aid to Britons in the Caribbean. Filled with aid from the UK and Gibraltar Governments – trucks, food, temporary shelters, building materials and toys – the helicopter carrier is following in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the latest storm to smash…

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