Three Royal Navy frigates have been escorting British trawlers fishing within the 50-mile limit off the coast of Iceland since Saturday (19 May).
SV & GV Jupiter steaming out of port (2 shots)
CU Map of Iceland showing fishing limits and trawler float position
AERIAL V Icelandic coastline
AERIAL V of Hammond Innes trawler
AERIAL V Support ship Miranda
AERIAL V HMS Plymouth
AERIAL V Support tug
AERIAL V Trawler Othello
AERIAL V Coastline
AERIAL V Frigate Cleopatra
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Background: Three Royal Navy frigates have been escorting British trawlers fishing within the 50-mile limit off the coast of Iceland since Saturday (19 May).
The decision of the British Government to send in the frigates came after a series of incidents in which Icelandic gunboats attempted to chase away British trawlers from the disputed fishing grounds.
The move has been termed by the Icelandic government as being "aggressive", and in retaliation for this action, Iceland has barred British military aircraft from landing at Keflavik airport in the Island's capital of Reykjavik.
Although Britain does not have a permanent Royal Air Force base in Iceland, the airport has been used by the R.A.F. under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Both Britain and Iceland are members of NATO.
Icelandic unilaterally extended its fishery limit from 12 miles to 50 miles nine months ago and since then a bitter dispute has raged between the Reykjavik government and Britain and West Germany -- which both maintain that the extension is a violation of international law.