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J. Vitor Tossini

Vitor is a doctoral student of International Relations at the Sao Paulo State University. He also explores British imperial and military history, and its legacies to the modern world.

Gibraltar and Britain – Guarding the western entrance to the Mediterranean

Gibraltar came under British rule during the War of the Spanish Succession, after many attempts to retake the rock were made, it remained the only British stronghold on mainland Europe.

A look at British ships in the Brazilian fleet

The sale of HMS Ocean to Brazil's navy was one more British hull going to serve under the Brazilian flag, joining her sisters that are already part of that naval force.

The Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) – A Short Introduction

The UK’s emergency response committee only convenes to handle potentially disruptive or significant matters. This makes the decision to hold a COBR meeting reserved to a few events of national relevance.

The British Indian Ocean Territory – An unsinkable aircraft carrier in the form of...

Diego Garcia is one of the last British footholds ‘East of Suez’ and the last British possession in the Indian Ocean.

Ascension Island and Britain’s presence in the South Atlantic

Ascension has a long military history under the Union Flag, being crucial for many military operations since the nineteenth century, including the Royal Navy’s campaign against the slave trade and in the Falklands War.

British Forces Germany – From the Cold War to the 21st Century

While there are new talks concerning the future of the British military personnel in Germany, the permanent contingent is due to have left the country by 2020 after decades of continued presence.

The UK in Cyprus – The Importance of the Sovereign Bases of Akrotiri and...

Covering not even 100 square miles, the two bases on Cyprus are vital to British military capabilities in the Mediterranean, Middle East and beyond.

The ARA San Juan and Britain’s presence in the South Atlantic

The unfortunate disappearance of the Argentine submarine displayed a rare co-operation between Britain and Argentina. The episode witnessed the two countries overcoming their differences and working together for the first time in years.

British forces in Belize – A military partnership in Central America

After the closure of the British Army Training and Support Unit Belize, the UK reopened its installations in Belize and is increasing its training exercises in the Central American country.  

The UK in Oman – A new support facility for the British Armed Forces

Britain is consolidating a new support facility in the Sultanate of Oman, a historic British ally and partner. Alongside HMS Juffair, the Duqm Port facility is set to enhance Britain’s military capabilities in the Middle East and wider Indian Ocean.