The Cod Wars were a series of confrontations in the 1950s and 1970s between the United Kingdom and Iceland regarding fishing rights in the North Atlantic. Icelandic gunboats harassed British trawlers and cut their trawls in the seventies. The Royal Navy deployed warships and tugboats to act as a deterrent against harassment of British trawlers, resulting in direct confrontations, the most famous incident when the Falmouth rammed the tiny Týr. The tiny gunboat was heavily damaged and almost sunk, propelled by only a single screw it was pursued by a British tugboat.
The disputes ended in 1976 after Iceland threatened to close the Keflavik NATO base in retaliation for Britain's deployment of naval vessels. The British government conceded and withdrew its trawlers from Icelandic waters on 1st of December 1976.
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