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British Fish Security

by Oui on Fri Dec 11th, 2020 at 11:39:07 PM EST
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 01:57:22 PM EST
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Tories criticise Boris Johnson over navy gunboats Brexit threat

Shrewsbury MP, Daniel Kawczynski. He tweeted on Friday that naval forces should be deployed in the new year "to prevent illegal French fishing in our waters".

Sir Alan West, a former admiral and chief of naval staff, said it was right for the Royal Navy to be deployed if necessary. "It is absolutely appropriate that the Royal Navy should protect our waters if the position is that we are a sovereign state and our government has said we don't want other nations there."

More about Labour peer Commander Alan West ...

In 1980 he was promoted to Commander and took command of the frigate HMS Ardent, which was part of the British task force ordered to the South Atlantic in 1982. Ardent was sunk on May 21, during the campaign that evicted Argentinean invaders from the Falkland Islands.

As I remember, major loss of lives of British sailors when a French Exocet missile was deployed. With Trump, Johnson got some mighty backing ...

by Oui on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 04:31:22 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 03:02:52 PM EST
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They would be deployed from January 1 to police the UK's "exclusive economic zone" (EEZ), which stretches up to 200 nautical miles from the coastline. The boats, which carry machine guns, would have the power to halt, inspect and impound any EU fishing boats illegally entering the area.

The preparations reflect the fact that ministers are concerned about the potential for struggles between rival fishing fleets if EU boats are suddenly banned from entering Britain's waters.

by Oui on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 03:11:33 PM EST
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UK's "exclusive economic zone" (EEZ), which stretches up to 200 nautical miles from the coastline.

The Brits are now laying claim to Paris?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 07:05:25 PM EST
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No-deal Navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood | BBC News |

Former Tory party chairman Lord Patten accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of being on a "runaway train of English exceptionalism".

Humza Yousaf, the Scottish government justice minister, told the BBC: "This UK government gunboat diplomacy is not welcome in Scottish waters.

"We will protect our fisheries where necessary. Police Scotland and Marine Scotland have primacy to do that. But we won't do that by threatening our allies, our Nato allies in fact, by threatening to sink their vessels."

by Oui on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 08:08:36 PM EST
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our Nato allies in fact

Maybe the EU can use the Austrian Navy....

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 08:19:55 PM EST
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Four UK ships, probably two active at a time, are going to patrol several thousand EU fishing boats. Sounds good.
by asdf on Sat Dec 12th, 2020 at 11:28:32 PM EST
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and those damned trawlers have radar and radio communications and so will will always know precisely where those UK warships are, at any given time.

Mind you, there have been instances of fishing boats dragged underwater by their fishing nets ensnared by British submarines, with loss of life.

Could be a whole new lease of life for the UK's  £179 billion Trident submarine fleet.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Dec 13th, 2020 at 12:07:41 AM EST
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Frigates vs. fishing boats.  Can't wait to see how the UK media give that confrontation the Gulf of Tonkin treatment.
by rifek on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 03:27:14 PM EST
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