Spanish warship causes outrage in Gibraltar waters by playing national anthem


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The Spanish navy has been accused of attempting to provoke British forces by sailing a ship near Gibraltarian waters playing the Spanish national anthem.The Spanish ship, a Descubierta-class corvette dating from 1980, allegedly sailed through the waters close to the Rock in what would be an illegal act. The stunt is the latest incident in the 300-year-old dispute between Britain and Spain over the territory.Footage posted on social media purports to show the Infanta Elena manoeuvring near the coast of Gibraltar and the Spanish national anthem can be heard. The passage of the Spanish ship was recorded by a local Twitter user on the afternoon of December 4.The Royal Navy ships of the Gibraltar Squadron are often called into action to intercept Spanish naval vessels that have manoeuvred too close to the British territory.The Telegraph understands that there was confusion around the use of loudspeakers, with one report suggesting no music had been played and that the video evidence had been doctored.Spanish actions in and around Gibraltar are frequent. Last month a Royal Navy vessel fired a warning flare after a Spanish Guardia Civil vessel got too close to nuclear submarine HMS Talent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more Earlier this year a Spanish patrol boat reportedly confronted an American nuclear submarine attempting to dock at Gibraltar. According to multiple sources, flares were fired across the bow of the Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena in mid-April as it twice attempted to sail across the front of the American ballistic missile submarine USS Florida, a 20,000 ton Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.Referring to the latest incident, a spokesman for the government of Gibraltar said the Spanish naval incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters “represents an unprofessional provocation which is as childish as it is meaningless.”Last month, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Gibraltar will “always be under the Union flag” amid concerns over the impact of Brexit.He said he could give “categorical reassurance” that Gibraltar is “never under threat”.”Ever since the Royal Marines seized it all those centuries ago, it will always be under the Union flag long into the future,” he said.”Rest assured we will always look after Gibraltar.”His comments came after Spain signalled it is preparing a fresh push over the sovereignty of Gibraltar as part of Brexit negotiations.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez claimed the Withdrawal Agreement represented a win for his country, saying: “With the departure of the UK we all lose, especially the UK. But in relation to Gibraltar, Spain wins, and Europe wins.”

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