Following the recent release of the Integrated Review 2021, British Forces Gibraltar took the opportunity to host a Maritime Force Protection Exercise in order to demonstrate its ability to operate as a strategic operational hub in the Mediterranean.
Multiple units and agencies which included the Gibraltar Squadron (RNGS), Royal Gibraltar Regiment (RGR), Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) and Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) as well as the newly arrived HMS Trent, came together to take part in the training.
The Queens Harbour Master Lt Cdr Alastair Ley commented, “this exercise will be the first of many that aims to develop further the current doctrine and procedures as well as expanding and strengthening the very good working relationship between both the military and civilian security assets on the Rock”.
HMS Dasher Returns
The Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron (RNGS) has returned to full strength after HMS Pursuer completed her annual support period, where she received essential maintenance in support of her enduring commitment to Gibraltar.
She re-joins her sister ship, HMS Dasher and the RN Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats in providing the important role of force protection and security within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, and above all, upholding UK sovereignty.
GDP ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS COMPETITION WINNERS
The Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) visited the HELM Point Community Centre, Four Corners last year to carry out several Road Safety Awareness sessions with members of the Youth Club.
Part of these sessions allowed the opportunity to enter a drawing competition for those involved.
After careful consideration by the GDP officers who presented the initiative, Police Sergeant Dylan Borastero and Police Constable Diandra Desoisa selected four lucky winners:
• Lavinia Noteyoung • Macy Sutton • Oscar Waldrom • Emily Harris-Joce
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the four winners have only recently been able to visit the GDP Headquarters.
Spending some time in a policing environment, Emily, Lavinia, Macy and Oscar were shown around the facilities at the GDP Headquarters and saw for themselves the control room where the day to day operations are carried out. They also joined in with officers carrying out a patrol in one of the GDP vehicles and met the Specialist Firearms Officers. Undoubtedly the highlight of the day was the opportunity to mingle with the GDP police dogs, Mira and Arry, who together with their handlers, carried out a display especially for the winners. Overall it was an extremely fun day for everyone involved!
The GDP would like to thank all of those who took part in the drawing competition and looks forward to seeing other future police officers attending the GDP Headquarters on many other opportunities.