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A Spanish patrol boat reportedly tried to “hassle” an American nuclear submarine attempting to dock at Gibraltar.

According to multiple sources, flares were fired across the bow of the Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena in mid-April as it twice attempted to sail across the front of the American ballistic missile submarine USS Florida.

The USS Florida, a 20,000 ton Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned in 1983 with the hull designation of SSBN-728; with her conversion to a cruise missile submarine, she was re-designated SSGN-728. She carriers 154 BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The Guardia Civil launch Rio Cedeña attempted to cross in front of the submarine but was stopped by the actions the Royal Navy’s HMS Sabre and a rigid-hulled inflatable boat, which manoeuvred in close, according to an eyewitness as reported by ‘The Chronicle’.

“The Guardia Civil boat was forced to a dead stop and made to retrace its course well away from the submarine” said Michael Sanchez, who saw the events unfold and photographed key moments.

A spokesman for the Governor’s office confirmed the incursion “…in the vicinity of an incoming submarine.”

“The professionalism  of the Royal Navy and Gibraltar Defence Police ensured there was no risk to safety,” the spokesman added.

This is yet another Spanish incursion into Gibraltarian watersThis is the latest in a long line of political infringements and military incursions into the sovereign territory of Gibraltar. Last year the Spanish Ambassador was formally called into Downing Street and a Formal Complaint was made by the FCO after the Diplomatic Bag was opened on the border with Spain.

Recently there have been many complaints regarding the Spanish behavior, the boarder guards have purposely caused delays for workers who travel across daily on orders from the Spanish government, there have been other incursions by Spanish vessels into water and Spanish divers were seen carrying out investigations on the artificial reef off the Gibraltar runway (which runs out into the sea).

The Spanish Government have yet to respond to their latest violation but what they think they’d gain from harassing an American nuclear submarine, is anyone’s guess.

127 COMMENTS

    • It’s not summer yet….give it a month or so and you’ll see the queues, sometimes it’s for hours.

    • in puerto rico it means you a good looking fag ,in mexico it mean u a coward and dishonest ,and in other spanish county it mean you a homosexual hooker…u got it !!!! so dont let no one disrespect u with that word ok puto…..
      Bit of a twat Miguel

  1. About time !its been happening for year ,they just take the piss ! They play cat and dog game with the Royal Navy nearly
    Every day
    Ministry of of defense should take these matters seriously and show every country what belongs to the UK belongs to the UK and will remain like that

  2. What galls me is the sheer hypocrisy of the Spaniards. They have two enclaves on the North African coast and no sign of the returning Cueta back to Morocco. We need a decent sized Gibraltar guard boat – a frigate at least – and a submarine popping upand down outside Spanish harbours for good measure!

    • Nice bit of rhetoric “. . .the Americans would have just sunk them.”

      Not very likely. Like the British, the Spanish are our allies. The sub’s Skipper did what is expected. He let the British take care of the situation in Gibraltar’s territorial waters.

    • Ross Hendrie every warship is valuable along with its crew but a continual presence at Gibraltar as home port would make a statement to Spain & reassure the citizens along with help with the continual patrol in the Mediterranean.

  3. Daygo bastards another good reason to get out of Europe all the Spanish are good at is being a waiter and serving paella ke !
    On doz trays

      • Seb,

        nobody anywhere in the world learns to speak english, you dimwit. They learn to speak American.

        Yeah, I have no idea why the rednecks in the Guardia Civil decided to harass a USN SSBN. Yet it is funny how one perspicacious commenter wrote above that the Spanish would be afraid of a boat with an aggressive small dog, since indeed you limeys are the lapdog of Uncle Sam. I don’t think it is you little mutts that scare anybody, it is rather the big guy that you keep company with who (still) inspires respect, and you know that.

        It is interesting, though, that none of you make comments about shooting down Russian NUCLEAR bombers when they come close to your airspace, uh? Aaaaaah, you just “intercept” them, and they keep flying without deviating their course. How about warning shots? Aren’t those a bit more dangerous? Don’t they do it repeatedly?

        Nobody seems to mess with the Chinese in the South China Sea either.

        But the little Guardia Civil patrol boat that gets a bit close, but has no means and most certainly no intention to interfere with a big USN ship? Sure, fire at that. The big guys always has your back.

  4. as if the Royal Navy would send a destroyer to protect us! The only thing HMG will “fire” is a stern letter. This is quite simply NOT true. NONE of our coast watchers / ship spotters heard or saw this and many were keenly photographing the SSGN’s arrival.

  5. I wonder what the background is to all this.

    I doubt it is coming from the Spanish central government.

    • No it is not.

      The Guardia Civil are just rednecks. They probably thought the sub was cool and just wanted to take a selfie close to it, seriously.

  6. Let’s face it, that sub can probably put out more offensive options than most of the royal navy combined, so I think it could have taken care of itself.

  7. As usual H M Government will do nothing because they lack the will or strength (no balls).
    What happens when foreign nationals openly carry guns over the frontier. Happened today

    • tío no se te entiende nada de lo que has dicho. De verdad, abstente o usa Google Translate, que esto queda fatal.

  8. It was an unarmed P2000 class training boat, this is what our ‘navy’ has been left with, she carries a HMS number name and name but thats about it – her ‘action’ was to fire a distress flare at the Spanish Customs vessel – realize that our ‘powerful’ Royal Navy consists of only 6 destroyers and 13 frigates, a tiny tiny fraction of what we once were. Thank you Government for the protection of our only defense against our sea lanes, so sad:-(

    • Wrong. Its not a p2000 actually if you take time to get off your outrage bus and google. The 2 gib guard boats are armed. I don’t really no what people think a frigate could do there except physically block the channel

    • I don’t use Google. Don’t be a twat and think that GPMG is armament, it’s not. Two were fitted for but not with 20mm. If you served in the RN, you’d understand what a guardship should do, which is more than blocking.

    • Please try to understand numbers don’t mean strength anymore. A frigate wouldn’t do a particularly huge amount more than the patrol boats. At best one of hms clyde’s sister ships would suffice

  9. Ha pasado tiempo y sólo a los corruptos del engaño les interesa mantener la tensión y hostilidad para posibles cortinas de humo que entretengan a los estancados de evolución con valores morales nocivos llenos de odio envidia y rencor , que aunque les pese , no tienen capacidad para desfogar su frustración por tener un país que sacrifica a su campo de Gibraltar con tal de no motivar el imposible de evitar desarrollo de la roca , aunque irrite a los despechados . Ya es historia pasada de venganza y ahora tras generaciones establecidas han adquirido una mezcla de ciudadanos (incluyendo muchos españoles ) y de unidad con nociones cívicas de seguridad limpieza y lealtad a quien les protege con una política más inteligente y creíble que la de una ingrata parte española que olvida la realidad , intentando morder a quien en buena parte nos alimenta con los residentes en la costa , turistas y miles de trabajadores que sustentan a familias abandonadas de progreso en una zona vetada por dirigentes de cloaca que mienten como bellacos .

  10. Neither the U.S. Or the Royal Navy would of engaged the Spanish ship. For one there part of nato and they don’t Pose a real threat to anyone, there as good as useless. In fact being in a type 45 I’m sure the Royal Navy would of been laughing at them. If this was another Country such as Argentina we may well of engaged them.

    • No seas imbécil. España y el Reino Unido son aliados, and in general good friends. This Gibraltar es Español thing is ridiculous. Who the fuck cares if Gibraltar is British or Spanish? Y Andorra? No debería ser nuestro también? Who gives a fuck?!!

      We, all of us in Europe, have bigger problems than this. Haven’t you noticed what just happened in Brussels?

      Los idiotas de la Guardia Civil probablemente se estaban tomando un selfie con el submarino. I did the same with a chinese submarine in Ningbo and I got arrested 🙂

    • [I edited my colorful language]

      No seas imbécil. España y el Reino Unido son aliados, and in general good friends. This Gibraltar es Español thing is ridiculous. Who the heck cares if Gibraltar is British or Spanish? Y Andorra? No debería ser nuestro también? Who gives a flying one?!!

      We, all of us in Europe, have bigger problems than this. Haven’t you noticed what just happened in Brussels?

      Los idiotas de la Guardia Civil probablemente se estaban tomando un selfie con el submarino. I did the same with a chinese submarine in Ningbo and I got arrested 🙂

  11. Do you know why they don’t sink them? It’s not about the quality of the Royal Navy or the Spanish Navy, fortunately it’s about sailors ( fathers, brothers, sons,…) that have more consciousness and more brain than mostly of the people that commented here together!

  12. Glad to see our British vassals are so diligent in protecting their master’s interests. Good job boys!

  13. Then they sent Morse Code to them saying they better fully accommodate McLaren at the Spanish Grand Prix next week. Or else they will float back over there, and sink their vessel.

  14. Extra ration of rum for the crew of the HMS Sabre, or doesn’t the RN do that anymore?

  15. If they are in Gibraltarian water, stuff sinking them, arrest them and sieve the boat.

    It’s not the Spanish government that is behind all this or the Spanish military, its a few idiots in Spain and we shouldn’t’ tolerate this.

    We need to show the idiots that there is consequences for their actions, which would hopefully send a message to the others that enough is enough before anything serious happens.

  16. Uk is repairing and giving maintenance to nuclear submarines close to Spain coast. It worries and hurts a country that lives on tourism.
    Bunkering in the center of the bay, smuggling, tax heaven, destroy rigs of spanish fishermen, increasing the area of the site occupying the bay, are other reasons to protest and it looks like an aggression. Allies, yes, but UK is never a fifty fifty partner.
    It’s easy to imagine that would happened if it would occurs on british islands shore line.
    Today idependentist catalonian president visited London, not accepted in Brussels, reason:internals affairs, London accepts him, . Who need enemies having allies like UK?
    Newest political conflict: http://bit.ly/1Omao1o (translation needed).
    It was not the spanish navy(as the photo suggest) it was a non-armed small police boat, and you fired on it.
    http://www.shipspotting.com/photos/middle/3/6/9/995963.jpg
    Usual UK diplomacy, piracy, gunboat diplomacy, yellow press, myths, prejudices and chauvinism.

  17. YOU PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS, THE SPANISH WERE FOLLOWING ORDERS FROM SPANISH GOVERNMENT, A SIMPLE HASSLE MOVEMENT, THIS IS A PROBLEM THE IDIOT BRITISH AND SPANISH POLITICIANS NEED TO SORT OUT. NO THREAT WAS POSED BY THE SPANISH, IT WAS SIMPLE HARASSMENT!. TO SUGGEST WE SHOULD ENDANGER THE LIVES OF SPANISH MEN WHO WERE SIMPLY FOLLOWING ORDERS FROM ABOVE, JUST AS OUR MEN HAVE TO, IS IDIOTIC AND COMPLETELY DISGUSTING!.
    TO MANUEL, AND ANY OTHER SPANISH READERS ON HERE, PLEASE DON’T THINK THIS MINORITY OF DUMB IDIOTS ON HERE REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE MAJORITY OF BRITISH PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEY CERTAINLY DON’T. …. PEACE TO MY SPANISH FRIENDS,,, AND TO THOSE BRITISH PEOPLE COMMENTING ON HERE,,, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOUR EVIL SUGGESTIONS,,, WHY DON’T YOU JUST GO AND FIGHT WITH THE FOOTBALL IDIOTS,, ARE ARE YOU JUST COWARDS WITH BIG GUNS?…. GROW UP YOU SCUM!

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