THE Royal Navy will send three vessels to Gibraltar on Monday as tensions continue to rise.
Ten ships including an aircraft carrier, two frigates and support ships, will be heading from the UK on an annual exercise, and three of them will dock for three days in Gibraltar.
The vessels will practice a range of operations, including ‘deterring adversaries’- which are likely to put a further strain on diplomatic relations.
Ministry of Defence officials have claimed that the mission, called Cougar ’13, has been planned for a long time and it is just a coincidence.
However, senior government sources have said that it is convenient as it will reassure the people of Gibraltar that the UK is on their side.