British ships protected by borrowed US spy plane in Libya

U.S. Navy P-3 Orion landing

From Laura Roberts, the Telegraph:  HMS Liverpool, mine hunter HMS Brocklesby and nuclear submarine HMS Triumph have been watched by a US Navy P-3 Orion which has made regular sweeps of the Libyan coastline looking for potential threats.

The Ministry of Defence said that Nato assets and aircraft are shared as a matter of course.

A spokesman said: “The Americans do have a lot of kit and that’s why we are in alliance with them. We don’t have airborne maritime surveillance but the Americans don’t have mine sweepers. It’s not just the Americans that pool their assets – it is the whole Nato alliance.”  (photo:

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