Spanish patrol boat cuts across bow of US ship off Gibraltar

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GIBRALTAR: Guardia Civil patrol boat cuts across the bow of the USS Carson City

A SPANISH Guardia Civil patrol boat has cut across the bow of  a US Military Sealift Command vessel, the USS Carson City, as it entered the port of Gibraltar.

A UK Royal Navy high-performance, rigid-inflatable boat (RIB)  chased off the Spanish boat, later identified as the Rio Belelle.

Incursions by Spain’s Guardia Civil and research boats into Gibraltar waters are common and usually prompt a sharp response from the British government. 

However, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office downplayed the incident saying, “At no point was there a risk to safety.”

In May 2016, the Royal Navy’s HMS Sabre fired warning flares across the bow of a Spanish Guardia Civil boat as it tried to pass in front of the American nuclear submarine USS Florida.

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