The British warship H.M.S. Brighton --- one of three sent to protect British trawlers during?
The British warship H.M.S. Brighton --- one of three sent to protect British trawlers during the "Cod War" --- has adopted new tactics in the fishing dispute with Iceland.
The frigate is taking on much more of an active role than its former one of protection. Until now, it has been the Icelandic patrol boats which have gone after British trawlers, trying to cut their trawl wires when they operate inside Iceland's unilaterally-declared 200-mile (320 kilometre) limit. Britain does not recognise the limit.
Two incidents on Saturday (6 December) changed this.
On the first occasion, Brighton, under Commander Nick kettlewell, pretended to be an escaping British trawler. Under the cover of darkness, the frigate lured the Icelandic gun-boat, Odiin, out of the safety of the 12-mile (19.3 kilometre) limit then turned its twenty-inch searching onto the gun-boat. This lit the boat up, warning every trawler for miles.
On the second occasion, Brighton attempted to slash the trawl-cutting gear of the patrol boat, thor. The new scheme -- involving a high-speed chase among fishing vessels - was unsuccessful but served to distract\Thor from harassing more of the British fishing fleet.
The fishing dispute has worsened relations between the two countries but Iceland is not expected to break off ties with London over the issue....at least not for the time being.
This film is serviced with an English commentary by BBC reporter Clifford Luton from onboard the Brighton. A transcript appears overleaf.