Royal Navy heads for the Med

Royal Navy warships will set sail for the Mediterranean today amid continued diplomatic tensions with the Spanish over Gibraltar.

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Naval ships leave Portsmouth

Royal Navy ships leave Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

HMS Illustrious has left Portsmouth as she heads to Gibraltar for a routine visit after increased tensions with Spain over border checks.

The ships will be taking part in what defence officials have said is a long-scheduled deployment codenamed Cougar '13 in the Mediterranean and the Gulf.

Royal Navy ship leaves Portsmouth harbour Credit: ITV Meridian

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