Second Royal Navy warship HMS Duncan arrives in the Gulf to protect British shipping in the middle of distance with Iran over seized tanker Stena Impero
A second warship from the Royal Navy has arrived in the Gulf to protect British merchant ships at an impasse with Iran.
HMS Duncan will add military influence to cargo ships and tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz, where the British flag Stena Impero was seized by Iranian ships last week.
The Type 45 Destroyer works until the end of August with the Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose.
HMS Duncan (file photo) adds military influence to cargo ships and tankers sailing through the Strait of Hormuz
Tension was lifted on diplomatic relations with Iran last Friday when the country's Revolutionary Guard stormed the British flag liner on its way to
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz is vital not only for the UK, but also for our international partners and allies.
& # 39; Merchant vessels must be able to travel legally and trade safely, anywhere in the world. I am pleased that HMS Duncan will continue the fine work of HMS Montrose to help secure this vital route.
& # 39; While we continue to press for a diplomatic resolution that will make this possible again without military guidance, the Royal Navy continues to provide protection for British ships until this becomes the reality. & # 39;
Commander Tom Trent, the Commanding Officer of HMS Duncan confirmed that the warship had been moved from the Black Sea to the Gulf.
The Stena Impero was surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guards at 4 p.m. and ordered to head north last Friday. This map shows how events unfolded
The Stena Impero, which is in Swedish hands, was apparently retaliated after Britain seized the Iranian tanker Grace 1 near Gibraltar earlier this month, claiming that the US had ordered the UK to participate
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