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    British Nuclear Sub Arrives in Gibraltar After Row With Spanish Ship in the Area

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    The arrival comes a month after a Royal Navy vessel fired a warning flare in response to a Spanish coast guard boat approaching too close to the UK nuclear submarine Talent as it was departing Gibraltar.

    The HMS Talent has arrived in Gibraltar again, according to the UK's Defence Journal.

    The UK nuclear submarine's arrival comes a month after a Royal Navy vessel fired a warning shot to signal to a Spanish coast guard vessel which was getting too close to the Talent. The sub was reportedly departing Gibraltar after having its Tomahawk missile stores replenished.

    READ MORE: PM May Says UK 'Steadfast in Support' to Gibraltar Despite Brexit

    In a separate development in November, a Spanish customs boat was intercepted by a Gibraltar Defence Police vessel after it came too close to the USS Newport News, a Los Angeles class submarine.

    "If classed as an incursion, the incident will almost certainly draw a diplomatic protest, as happens as a matter of routine with all incursions by Spanish state vessels," Defence Journal cited local media as saying.

    Also last year, a Royal Navy ship had to chase a Spanish vessel as it tried to prevent a US warship from arriving in Gibraltar. The incident followed a Spanish patrol boat reportedly trying to "hassle" a US nuclear submarine attempting to dock at Gibraltar.

    READ MORE: Spain Satisfied With Protocol on Gibraltar Within UK-EU Draft Brexit Deal

    In late November, Fabian Picardo, the chief minister of Gibraltar, pointed out that Gibraltar was not interested to allow "even the remotest concession to Spanish sovereignty, jurisdiction or control".

    The remarks came after British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed that London is committed to "always stand by Gibraltar", and that Britain "will always negotiate on behalf of the whole UK family, including Gibraltar".

    READ MORE: Spain Threatens to Thwart Theresa May's Brexit Plan Over Gibraltar Status

    Gibraltar, a small peninsula extending past the southern coast of Spain, has been a British Overseas Territory since 1713, when Spain ceded it to the United Kingdom under the Utrecht Treaty. The region's residents rejected the idea of Spanish sovereignty in 1967 and joint UK-Spanish authority in 2002.

    Gibraltar is set to leave the European Union together with the rest of the UK in March 2019. The Brexit agreement between London and Brussels includes a special protocol on Gibraltar.

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