Royal Navy warships set sail amid Gibraltar tension

Royal Navy warships have set sail for the Mediterranean as part of a naval exercise which will see the frigate HMS Westminster dock in Gibraltar amid the diplomatic tensions with Spain.

Defence officials have stressed the deployment has long been scheduled and is unrelated to the ongoing issue over the British territory.

Crowds waved off the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious as it left Portsmouth as part of the deployment. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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