Post by Louis Epstein Post by The Chief Post by Donald4564 Post by The Chief
As Spain has been defeated numerous times by England (U.K.) they ought to be thankful that Spain itself was never occupied.
Gibraltar is British and wants to remain British. So,the Spanish and the E.U. want to tread very carefully as I am sure the U.K. will defend the Rock in much the same manner as they did the Falkland Islands. Spain would be idiotic to go the same way as the Argentines.
Of course this is not just Spain. This is the EU - 27 countries! Time
to send in the Armada!
Time for a second Trafalgar!
Not a chance!
When I was growing up, the Sasanach navy was a significant, world-wide force, with well over 300 significant ships (or "operational assets" as they would doubtless be termed in todays management speak), including no less than 7 aircraft carriers, multiple cruiser classes, and hundreds of destroyers, frigates and submarines. Today, by contrast, there are no aircraft carriers, and no cruisers, just 20 or fewer ships in the combined destroyer and frigate force, and fewer than 10 submarines. Significantly, as of this year, the surface ships only remaining anti-surface warfare capability will lie in their single 4.5" guns. No anti-ship missile capability will be retained or available, as the last of the Harpoon missiles purchased from the US become life expired within the year, and will be removed from service. I also note that the old joke about having more admirals than ships has been a reality for the Sasanach navy for a good while now.
By contrast, the Spanish Armada has a substantial new 30,000 ton aircraft carrier in service, with an embarked air wing of fixed-wing strike aircraft, and a surface fleet containing some of the best high-end destroyers in the world - a variant of the present USN top-of-the-range Arleigh Burke class destroyers, with 3-D Aegis air surveillance radars.
In any case, the above is really beside the point: The Sasanach army garrison was withdrawn from Gibraltar, ca. 1991 or so. That being so, all that is required for Spain to recover control is to send in the Guardia Civil and arrest any troublemakers...