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British Navy ship fires ‘warning’ flares at unarmed Spanish vessel in standoff near Gibraltar

A Royal Navy patrol boat fired flares at a Spanish vessel off Gibraltar after it attempted to drop a sonar buoy for conducting geological research in British waters.

The tense maritime standoff came amid suspicions that the Spanish authorities had directed the oceanographic vessel, the Angeles Alvarino, to investigate the seabed in the Bay of Gibraltar and use the results of the research to question the UK’s jurisdiction over the area.

Angeles Alvarino anchored in British waters near Gibraltar and attempted to drop a sonar buoy, the Telegraph reported on Sunday.

The HMS Sabre, a Royal Navy patrol boat, was scrambled to stop Alvarino. It fired three flares after failing to establish radio contact with the Spanish vessel, which left British waters shortly after the warning. – READ MORE