Rob Virtue, The Express
5 May 2016
A British Navy warship fired shots at a Spanish vessel after it harassed a nuclear submarine in a dock in Gibraltar, it has been claimed.
The Spanish Guarda Civil boat was said to have sailed across an American sub in the shocking incident.
Warning flares were reportedly fired by the British Navy boat to warn off the European vessel.
It comes as tensions heighten around the UK-controlled peninsula after a series of aggressive acts by Spain.
A source said: “This is not only a very dangerous game for the Spanish to play but it is unbecoming of a NATO ally to treat the US Navy with such contempt.
Another source said: "We are used to brinkmanship but this flies in the face of any rule book on maritime safety.
"This is a nuclear powered submarine, and trying to disrupt its path is seriously dangerous."
Another recent incident, involving Spanish aggression saw Madrid threaten to shut down Gibraltar if Britain left the European Union.
Spanish boats have also been accused of shooting at fishermen in Gibraltar waters.
Dramatic footage of the incident also caught rocks being thrown at those in the boats.