Library image showing an aerial view of Gibraltar (Picture: MOD).
Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster has reaffirmed the strategic importance of Gibraltar for UK defence at the signing ceremony for the Armed Forces (Gibraltar) Act onboard HMS Diamond.
The signing marks an important milestone for both the UK and Gibraltar and it will ensure the relationship between Service Police on The Rock and the Royal Gibraltar Police to go from strength to strength.
Mark Lancaster said:
"Gibraltar is of vital importance to the UK Armed Forces and our allies.
"Whilst our relationship with the EU is changing, our commitment to European prosperity and security remains steadfast and our duty to support Gibraltar, its people and its economy is resolute."
Mark Lancaster also met Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and they discussed the strategic importance of Gibraltar to UK defence.
While onboard HMS Diamond, the Minster also met Commanding Officer, Commander Ben Keith, and his crew who are returning from training in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Portsmouth-based Type 45 warship and her 200 crew have been tested by fighter jets including Tornados, Typhoons and F16s, plus E3 surveillance aircraft and Voyager transporters in the skies above and around Cyprus as well as training in anti-submarine warfare.
Whilst in Gibraltar, Mark Lancaster took the time to catch up with a number of units within British Forces Gibraltar.
A visit to the Spyglass and Rockgun Battery’s was followed by a visit to the Gibraltar Defence Police Headquarters. He then met with UK Armed Forces service personnel stationed at RAF Gibraltar.