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Navy arrive off Gibraltar

A Royal Navy warship from Portsmouth is expected to arrive in Gibraltar today after more than 40 Spanish boats were involved in a confrontation with the British authorities.

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HMS Westminster arrives off Gibraltar after sailing from Portsmouth

HMS Westminster due to arrive in the Straits of Gibraltar today Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Image

Tensions between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar's dropping of concrete blocks to the sea floor creating a reef have escalated during the last fortnight.

Spain says it was done to disrupt their fishing fleet.

HMS Westminster departing Portsmouth last week Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Today's expected arrival of HMS Westminster, a type 23 frigate, is not part of the UK's response to the growing row.

The vessel left Portsmouth naval base in Hampshire six days ago to join nine other vessels taking part in a pre-planned international training exercise in the Mediterranean and Gulf.

Called operation Cougar '13, it is a long-planned deployment involving four Royal Navy warships, the lead commando group from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and elements of naval air squadrons.

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