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“The Big Lizzie” calls at Gibraltar on maiden trip; she's scheduled to begin helicopter trials

Monday, February 12th 2018 - 15:35 UTC
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The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Gibraltar for her first overseas port visit. As she sailed into port under close security escort, UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson highlighted the Rock’s strategic role for UK military operations. Read full article


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  • Brit Bob

    When visiting the Rock, did HMS Queen Elizabeth sail through UK/Gib territorial waters or Spanish territorial waters?

    Gibraltar Territorial Waters: (1 pg)

    Feb 12th, 2018 - 04:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    I'm guessing there wasn't any Spanish intrusions that day...

    Feb 13th, 2018 - 12:56 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Conqueror

    @Brit Bob.

    I doubt that it matters. Leaving aside the simple fact of the “right of innocent passage”, I doubt whether Spain has anything to successfully get in the way of 65,000 tonne British aircraft carrier surrounded by a support group. And one cannot rule out the possibility that any attempted Spanish interference with a brand new British warship with offensive capabilities might be seen as an act of war. No doubt Captain Kyd was ready to deploy his Merlin helicopters that are quite capable of acting as platforms for cannon, missiles and torpedos. And having the Secretary of State for Defence on hand wouldn't have hurt either.

    Feb 13th, 2018 - 08:08 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Lynn

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Feb 14th, 2018 - 05:43 am - Link - Report abuse -1

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