Nicholas Bieber, Daily Star
25 March 2018
The UK’s closest ally has sent its powerful nuclear submarine zooming into the waters of a Brit territory.
Missile-loaded USS John Warner poked above the surface in Gibraltar this morning as it arrived at the British naval base.
The Ministry of Defence said the appearance off the south coast of Spain is part of a “scheduled visit”.
MOD Gibraltar tweeted: “#US Submarine John Warner arriving into BGTW earlier this morning.
“Let’s hope the weather improves whilst they are alongside for a scheduled port visit.”
But the US Navy’s hook-up with the Royal Navy comes amid frightening tensions between the UK and Russia.
Prime Minister Theresa May has sparked Vladimir Putin’s fury by pointing the finger at Moscow for the poisoning of an MI6 double agent Russian spy.
The nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at a Salisbury shopping centre has even seen the EU join May in denouncing Russia.
Putin initially laughed off the claims, but things took a sinister turn when Russia accused the UK of actually carrying out the attack.
And responding to the claims Russia are behind it, Putin’s spokesman said today: "We are stating that this is quite unprecedented – international affairs bordering, maybe, on banditry.
"What stands behind this? Is it Britain's internal problems, or the problems of Britain's cooperation with its allies or something else?
"It looks like this is not our business."