• MoD announces £2m upgrade to Windmill Hill monitoring station

    MoD announces £2m upgrade to Windmill Hill monitoring station0

    The Ministry of Defence is to invest £2m to upgrade ‘Windy Hill’, its maritime monitoring facility overlooking the strategic Strait of Gibraltar. Sitting high above Europa Point, personnel at the monitoring facility keep an eye on 60,000 ships entering or leaving the Mediterranean, or crossing between Africa and Europe. They also play a crucial role

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  • NATO warning as Russian fleet sails into Strait

    NATO warning as Russian fleet sails into Strait0

    Russian warships heading for Syria could be used to target civilians in the besieged city of Aleppo, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned yesterday as he called on Moscow to implement a lasting ceasefire. The warning came as the Russian task force sailed toward the Strait of Gibraltar, where it was expected to arrive late yesterday

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  • Spain seeks ‘urgent explanations’ over submarine collision

    Spain seeks ‘urgent explanations’ over submarine collision0

    The Spanish Government sought “urgent explanations” from Britain yesterday after a Royal Navy submarine was forced to dock in Gibraltar late Wednesday following a collision with a merchant vessel. In a statement, Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Madrid said it was seeking information from the British embassy regarding the damage sustained by HMS Ambush and

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  • Nomad whale spotted back in the Strait of Gibraltar

    Nomad whale spotted back in the Strait of Gibraltar0

    Volunteers from the cetacean conservation group CIRCE have photographed a sperm whale that first visited the Strait of Gibraltar 18 years ago. The whale, known as Amanita, was first seen in this area in 1998 and there have been several sightings since then. “Sperm whales normally visit the strait between March and July, when they

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  • Humpback whale offers magical moment in the bay

    Humpback whale offers magical moment in the bay0

    A last-minute decision to go dolphin watching led to local restaurateur Idan Greenberg capturing a spectacular video of a humpback whale near the boat. The owner of Verdi Verdi café was out with Dolphin Safari when the encounter happened. “As we headed out into the bay the crew said ‘we have spotted some dolphins’ and

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  • Violent gang robbed and tortured drug traffickers

    Violent gang robbed and tortured drug traffickers0

    A violent gang that specialised in robbing drug traffickers used GPS bugs to track shipments of cannabis resin smuggled across the Strait of Gibraltar, according to Spain’s Guardia Civil. The gang used contacts in Morocco to hide the bugs inside bales of drugs, allowing them to trace their whereabouts once these had been smuggled into Spain.

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