Keep nukes off the Rock

LAST UPDATED: 27 Jan, 2012 @ 00:49
Keep nukes off the Rock

A ROW has broken out over the docking of nuclear subs in Gibraltar.

The American vessels – which have been involved in the Libya campaign – have been slammed by the PSOE representative for Cadiz province, insisting they should use the US base in Rota.

“My opinion is the vessels should go to Rota because it is a joint Spanish – US base,” said Jose Carracao. “It has the necessary security conditions to house nuclear propelled vessels.

“The quays of Gibraltar do not comply with the minimum requirements of security.”

It was a clear reference to the docking of the USS Florida at the weekend and the USS Providence last month.

The docking of the Providence led to an incident, when a Guardia Civil boat got too close.

The Royal Navy was forced to issue a radio warning and block the passage of the craft, which appeared to be filming the sub.

The Providence spent a weekend in Gibraltar after being involved in military action against Libya.