The USS Seawolf is currently visiting the British territory of Gibraltar.
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USS SEAWOLF SSN-21 06/12/2020
Welcome to Gibraltar,a very welcoming sight to see the US military docked and proudly flying the United States flag. You will always be welcome in Gibraltar pic.twitter.com/kHvOwx8yA1
— Raymond Risso (@RissoRaymond) December 6, 2020
In 2018, the USS Newport News, a Los Angeles class submarine, was harassed by Spanish vessels while visiting Gibraltar.
Local media reported that eyewitnesses said a Spanish customs boat was intercepted by a Gibraltar Defence Police vessel after it came too close to the US submarine. The report states:
“Officials at the MoD and The Convent were looking into the incident last night to establish the sequence of events and assess what happened and where. If classed as an incursion, the incident will almost certainly draw a diplomatic protest, as happens as a matter of routine with all incursions by Spanish state vessels.”
In addition, last May 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.
There have been no reports of this happening this time, however.