British Navy exercises off Gibraltar went ahead despite protests from the Spanish Government. The exercises?
British Navy exercises off Gibraltar went ahead despite protests from the Spanish Government. The exercises began on Friday (9 February) and involve 22 warships and six auxiliary vessels. Britain replied to the protest on February 1 and on the eve of the three-day manoeuvres, Spain reaffirmed its refusal to accept the present situation on its border with Gibraltar. Spain has repeatedly claimed the British-administered colony as Spanish territory.
The exercises, named MEDTRAIN '73, include the aircraft carrier Ark Royal, guided missile destroyers, Glamorgan and Norfolk, and the cruiser, Tiger. H.M.S. Glamorgan is flagship, carrying the fleet's Commander in Chief, Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore.
SYNOPSIS: British naval exercises off Gibraltar went ahead on Friday despite diplomatic protests form the Spanish government. The manoeuvres involve 22 warships and six auxiliary vessels.
Many of the British warships arrived at the rock-colony on Friday, the day the exercises started. The British reply to the Spanish protest was not disclosed.
The three days of manoeuvres in the Mediterranean are named "MEDTRAIN '73" and involve several thousand men. The day before the exercises started, Spain reaffirmed its refusal to accept the situation regarding the border with the British-administered colony.
Spain has repeatedly claimed gibraltar as its own territory. More talks on the dispute are due in April this year. At present there is no indication that the diplomatic dispute over the exercises will affect the April talks. Several of the visiting ships were open to the public during their stay in Gibraltar and more than seven thousand men went ashore over the weekend.
Among the ships in port were these frigates.
This guided missile destroyer, H.M.S. Glamorgan, was flagship of the exercises under the command of Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore. It was one of the biggest British exercises in the Mediterranean for some years.