By Royal Navy News Nearly 90 British merchant ships and nearly six million tonnes of cargo were safely shepherded through the Strait of Hormuz by the frigate HMS Montrose and the destroyer HMS Duncan during the Royal Navy's first two months responding to threats by Tehran. The Plymouth-based frigate, which completed the first phase of her escort duties late last week, was forced to fire flares on more than a dozen occasions as she warned off the Iranian forces.
The Royal Navy has been tasked with accompanying British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to protect them from Iranian attack, Sky News has learnt. HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, conducted the first accompanied mission overnight on Wednesday into Thursday, according to shipping industry sources. The Department for Transport has advised the shipping industry to give sufficient notice of their travel plans in the area.
It follows a spate of incidents — including the seizure of ships — between Iran and Western powers, in particular Britain and the U. He also dismissed U. Tehran and Washington have been locked in a battle of nerves since last year when Trump withdrew the U.
The brief increase in British warships in the region, from one to two, underscores just how few ships the Royal Navy can deploy even in an emergency. Naval escorts are an effective way of deterring the kinds of attacks that frequently have occurred in the summer of This first appeared in July
Agence France-Presse. London Published:Jul 26, Britain on Thursday ordered its navy to escort UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian soldiers seized a tanker in the flashpoint entrance to the Gulf.
Reflagging or dual registration of British-registered vessels passing through the crowded waterway may not be the solution in a time of rising international tensions. From my time as a Royal Navy officer navigating the busy shipping lanes of the Strait of Hormuz, I recognise the challenges of operating in this chokepoint. Each day, many of the largest ships in the world sail at speed through the two-mile-wide 3.
All rights reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. The Department for Transport said on Thursday that if ships give advance notice of their plans they will be escorted by frigate HMS Montrose, either individually or in groups.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday appeared to suggest such a resolution, telling a Cabinet meeting, "If Britain steps away from the wrong actions in Gibraltar, they will receive an appropriate response from Iran. However, the deal is unlikely to be a straight swap, which would embarrass the European Union and the Untied Kingdom and could encourage Iran to seize other ships off its coast, which borders an important global oil shipping route. The U. The Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges is an effort to keep Tehran in a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear activity while allowing some uranium enrichment, an agreement the U.
A British warship dispatched to the Gulf to escort UK-flagged ships amid heightened tensions with Iran has arrived in the region, the defence ministry said. HMS Duncan was sent to help accompany vessels through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker there earlier this month, in what London called an act of "state piracy". It will be replaced by another frigate, HMS Kent, later this year.
The U. This comes less than a week after an Iranian official threatened the seizure of a British ship in retaliation for U. Online ship trackers first noticed that Montrosewhich is forward-deployed to the region, and the minehunter were shadowing Pacific Voyager on July 9, There are four other members of the Sandown -class that do operate forward-deployed in the region.