Ukraine War gives Gibraltar increased military role

Ukraine War gives Gibraltar increased military role

Russian President Vladamir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has highlighted Gibraltar’s value as a forward mounting base from which the British military can launch operations.

There has been a sizeable increase in the number of visits from Royal Navy warships, as well as a rare appearance of a USA nuclear submarine. Since 2020, 20 Royal Navy warships have made a total of 72 visits, and six Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels have made a further 20 visits. It puts the recent £155m investment by the UK to improve military services on the Rock into perspective as Britain pumps its budget into overseas bases.

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25-11-22 PANORAMAdailyGIBRALTAR