High-speed Royal Navy patrol intercepts Spanish vessel after Gibraltar incursion

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HMS Sabre was scrambled after Spain’s OPV Furor illegally entered territorial waters near the British territory. Royal Navy patrols are often called into action to intercept Spanish naval ships that sail too close to British waters. A spokeswoman for Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the Spanish ship was challenged by the Royal Navy after an incursion.

She said: “We can confirm that a Spanish army raid occurred this morning.

“As with all incursions, the Royal Navy challenged the Spanish ship.”

HMS Sabre is a Scimitar class patrol vessel and was commissioned in January 2003 along with its sister ship HMS Scimitar.

The two vessels watch over Gibraltar’s shores and support ships in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Along with three Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boats, they also support British exercises and operations in the area, conducting maritime security patrols and providing force protection to visiting coalition warships.

OPV Furor is a Meteoro class offshore patrol vessel.

The Spanish Navy says that the main missions of this type of vessels include protection and escort of other ships, maritime traffic control, terrorism and piracy prevention, pperations against drug trafficking and human trafficking and search and rescue missions.

(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)

 


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