In a significant milestone in proving the capability of Apache to operate and strike from the sea, 30mm rounds and Hellfire missiles were successfully fired against seaborne targets in a long-planned exercise near Gibraltar.
RAF land-based aircraft are having to fly 1,000 nm (1,852 km) round trips from Italy with tanker support to perform what are essentially tip-and-run attacks in Libya. Even without the obvious benefits to be gained from having a dozen or more Harriers operating from a carrier 20 nm off the Libyan coast, shouldn't the following impressive combination have entered the arena long before now?
Yes, 1704 - 2011 is more than 300 years. Lets face it the Morrocans have a greater claim to Gibraltar than Spain has.
Some basic maths for you - Since the fall of the Roman Empire a brief period in Visigoth hands, 711-1462 in Moorish hands, 1462-1704 in Spanish hands (242yrs) and 1704-present (300 years plus and counting) in British hands (having been signed over to us by the Spanish).