The iconic naval station in Gibraltar, Windy Hill, is to receive a £2 million refurbishment.
Over the next 12 months, the complex will be expanded and improved, with extra monitoring equipment installed.
Around 30 personnel work in the station, which is located on the hill of the same name about one third of a mile from the southern tip of Gibraltar – allowing near-panoramic views of the strait and neighbouring bay.
Commodore Mike Walliker, Commander British Forces Gibraltar said:
“The facelift that we are giving over the next few months means that the first-class support that the Rock has provided… will improve and be second to none.
The facelift that we are giving over the next few months means that the first-class support that the Rock has provided to the many tens of thousands of ships of all shapes, sizes and nationalities which all – annually – navigate through one of, if not the most important maritime choke-points, will improve and be second to none.
Equally – and importantly – today serves as a warning and a reminder to all those who wish to use this narrow and congested stretch of water for criminal or nefarious activity.”
According to a press release:
“They feed information back to the UK and its allies and also support the international fight against drug trafficking; the narrow waters separating the two continents are a known route for shipping narcotics into Europe – an information provided by Windy Hill has led to illegal shipments of drugs and tobacco being seized.”