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Spain outrage as UK sends three ‘floating bomb’ nuclear subs to Gibraltar in just a month

Verdemar-Ecologistas en Acción, a non-governmental organisation, has condemned the deployment and warned it puts “at risk the region of Andalusia”. Spain has been at odds with the UK after Brexit due to issues with borders on Gibraltar.

The environmental group said the presence of up to three nuclear-powered submarines in Gibraltar in a month because of the “risk it poses to the population due to the operations carried out there.”

It follows reports and images showing the HMS Artful, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Lancaster in port near Gibraltar’s Europa Point.

HMS Artful, an Astute-class nuclear submarine, docked in Gibraltar on World Environment Day on June 5, before it “returned 30 days later” according to the group.

They said: “We suspect that repairs are still being made to these ‘floating bombs’ ever since HMS Tireless left the waters of the Bay of Algeciras 20 years ago.”

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Because of the naval deployments, Verdemar-Ecologistas en Acción suggested the military port of Gibraltar “is becoming a port X, where the United Kingdom takes its submarines to repair.”

They then said: “We ask once and for all that Gibraltar is free of nuclear propulsion devices.

“We do not have or want a nuclear Emergency Plan, but for them to leave.

“We warn that we are not going to keep using only words, we will act using methods that are within our reach to ward off this nuclear risk.”

HMS Prince of Wales sailed over to Gibraltar on July 7 for a brief logistical stopover in its operations.

At the end of June, the US also sent their first ballistic missile Submarine to Gibraltar in more than two decades.

The USS Alaska, which can carry up to 20 Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, was the first time an Ohio class SSBN had paid a visit to the Her Majesty’s Naval Base Gibraltar since 1999.


It follows Britain and France’s row over Jersey fishing rights earlier this year, which saw the UK send Royal Navy gunboats.

In May, French fishers in Jersey were angered by post-Brexit changes to fishing licences and new restrictions.

HMS Severn and its sister ship HMS Tamar were deployed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as 60 fishing vessels sailed to the port of St Helier.

The French navy also sent two of its ships to monitor the situation.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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Gibraltar star “expected more” from Haaland and snubbed post-match shirt swap

Gibraltar defender Aymen Mouelhi has claimed he expected more from Erling Haaland[1] after the part-timers frustrated the Borussia Dortmund superstar.

The Norwegian is one of the most prolific strikers in world football and has only enhanced his reputation since moving to the Bundesliga.

Earlier this month, the 20-year-old became the youngest and fastest player to reach Champions League goals.

But against international minnows Gibraltar, Haaland failed to add to his six goals for Norway.

Erling Haaland failed to find the net against Gibraltar

Stale Solbakken’s side ran out 3-0 winners, but the forward was withdrawn in the second half after failing to find the net.

And speaking to reporters after the game, Mouelhi suggested that his team’s gameplan helped to blunt the prolific Haaland.

Asked to rate the Dortmund star against previous opponents, he said: “I think he was one of the most dangerous.

“But I expected more from him yesterday. Many thought that against Gibraltar, as a small team, he would score four or five goals.

Aymen Mouelhi claimed he ‘expected more’ from the Dortmund superstar and didn’t actively seek a shirt swap with him after the full-time whistle

“These types of players are top notch, when you have to face one of these you have to prepare a lot.

“We know that he likes space, we try not to give space, because it is very fast and strong.

“You have to be focused not on his size, but on speed, because he makes a move and leaves you lost.

“You have to talk to the full-backs, with the team-mate.”

Norway did manage to come out on top though, winning 3-0

Haaland cut a frustrated figure as he was withdrawn in the action, not dissimilar to when he stormed off the pitch following Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with FC Koln last weekend.[2]

On that occasion he threw his shirt to an onlooking member of the opposition, but Mouelhi suggested there was no such clamour for a piece of merchandise this time around.

He added: “I didn’t speak to him, I didn’t have time. I didn’t ask (for the shirt). He was replaced, and when the game was over, everyone left. And I wouldn’t go after it.”

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Gibraltar Open snooker results LIVE: Judd Trump through but Neil Robertson crashes out

The World Snooker Tour continues this week with the Gibraltar Open taking place, marking Stephen Hendry’s return to snooker for the first time in nine years although he suffered defeat in the first round. Judd Trump is looking to defend his title and claim his fifth ranking triumph of the 2020-21 season. Neither Ronnie O’Sullivan or John Higgins are playing in the event after contesting the Players Championship final last weekend. Express Sport provides live scores from the tournament, which is taking place in Milton Keynes.

Gibraltar Open LIVE scores

Thursday March 4

Second round (last 64 – best of seven frames)

Zhou Yuelong 1-4 Alexander Ursenbacher
David Lilley 3-4 Mitchell Mann
Hossein Vafaei 4-1 Allan Taylor
Kyren Wilson 4-0 Fan Zhengyi
Ricky Walden 4-3 Si Jiahui
Chen Zifan 4-3 Leo Fernandez
Chang Bingyu 1-4 Chris Wakelin
Ken Doherty 2-4 Mark Selby
Scott Donaldson 2-4 Joe Perry
Matthew Selt 4-3 Barry Hawkins
Zhao Xintong 4-2 Daniel Wells
Jack Lisowski 4-1 Jak Jones
Judd Trump 4-1 Sunny Akani
Tom Ford vs Jamie Jones
Andrew Higginson vs Stuart Carrington
Tian Pengfei vs Anthony Hamilton

Friday March 5

Second round (last 64 – best of seven frames)

Iulian Boiko vs Mark Allen
Aaron Hill vs Jamie Clarke
Shaun Murphy vs Luca Brecel
Pang Junxu vs Anthony McGill
Lei Peifan vs Dylan Emery
David Gilbert vs Jimmy Robertson
Lu Ning vs Jamie O’Neill
Rod Lawler vs Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Liang Wengbo vs Robert Milkins
Mark J Williams vs Sohail Vahedi
Oliver Lines vs Fraser Patrick
Ben Woollaston vs Allister Carter
Jimmy White vs Stuart Bingham
Elliot Slessor vs Martin Gould
Alan McManus vs Zhao Jianbo
Xiao Guodong vs Jamie Wilson


Third round (last 32 – best of seven frames)

To be played Friday March 5/Saturday March 6

Fourth round (last 16 – best of seven frames)

To be played Saturday March 6

Quarter-finals (best of seven frames)

To be played Sunday March 7

Semi-finals (best of seven frames)

To be played Sunday March 7

Final (best of seven)

To be played Sunday March 7

Robertson dumped out

World No 3 Neil Robertson crashed out of the first round of the Gibraltar Open on Wednesday to 17-year-old Lei Peifan.

The Australian former world champion suffered a 4-2 loss to his Chinese opponent.

That came just days after Robertson said: “I don’t think the players lower down the rankings are practicing hard enough, especially the younger ones from the UK.

“A lot of tournaments they’re sort of partying, not putting in the hard work, all the time on Instagram checking their followers.

“You can’t be a top sportsman and do all that stuff, you have to put in the hard work.”

Hendry’s return ends in defeat

Stephen Hendry returned to the table for the first time in nine years on Tuesday to face good friend Matthew Selt but was dumped out 4-1.

The seven-time world champion hit a century break however and reflected afterwards: “I was generally quite happy because if you cut out unforced errors, you can do well.

“I thought Matt played fantastic. I can’t remember him missing a ball. It was a tough initiation back into it.

“My game isn’t good enough yet to qualify for the World Championship. I think there is work to be done. I’ve got about a month of practice to get it better.

“My safety has to be tighter and my long game has to be better. It’s not ready yet to qualify for the Crucible.”