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Gibraltar Military
 
 
 

General

Gibraltar's defence is the responsibility of the tri-service British Forces Gibraltar. In January 2007, the Ministry of Defence announced that the private company, SERCO, would provide services to the base. The announcement resulted in the affected trade unions striking.

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment provides the army garrison, based at Devils Tower Camp. The regiment was originally a part-time reserve force but the British Army placed it on the permanent establishment in 1990. The regiment includes full-time and part-time soldiers recruited from Gibraltar, as well as British Army regulars posted from other regiments.

The Royal Navy maintains a squadron at the Rock. The squadron is responsible for the security and integrity of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW). The shore establishment at Gibraltar is called HMS Rooke after Sir George Rooke who captured the Rock for Archduke Charles (pretender to the Spanish throne) in 1704. The naval air base was named HMS Cormorant. Gibraltar's strategic position provides an important facility for the Royal Navy and Britain's allies. British and US nuclear submarines frequently visit the Z berths at Gibraltar. A Z berth provides the facility for nuclear submarines to visit for operational or recreational purposes, and for non-nuclear repairs. During the Falklands War, an Argentine plan to attack British shipping in the harbour using frogmen (Operation Algeciras) was foiled. The naval base also played a part in supporting the task force sent by Britain to recover the Falklands.

The Royal Air Force station at Gibraltar forms part of Headquarters British Forces Gibraltar. Although aircraft are no longer permanently stationed at RAF Gibraltar, a variety of RAF aircraft make regular visits to the Rock and the airfield also houses a section from the Met Office.

The Rock is believed to be a SIGINT listening post. Its strategic position provides a key GCHQ and National Security Agency location for Mediterranean and North African coverage.

Overview

Military branches :
Royal Gibraltar Regiment (2009)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 6,949 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 5,955
females age 16-49: 5,687 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 250
female: 233 (2010 est.)

Military - note :
defence is the responsibility of the UK; the Royal Gibraltar Regiment replaced the last British regular infantry forces in 1992

 

 
 


 



 


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