Gibraltar Squadron

The two Fast Patrol Boats of the Royal Navy's Gibraltar Squadron, HMS Sabre and HMS Scimitar, watch over Gibraltar's shores and support ships in the Strait of Gibraltar.

The two boats, along with three Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boats, support British exercises and operations in the area.

What we are doing

Providing force protection to visiting coalition warships

Why we are there

Conducting maritime security patrols within British Gibraltar territorial waters

Commanding Officer of Gibraltar squadron  Tom Loxton

Tom Loxton

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Tom Loxton joined Britannia Royal Naval College in 2009 as a Warfare Officer. In July 2017 he took command of HMS Scimitar and in August 2018 he assumed command of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron.

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Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Gibraltar

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