vessels will again be accompanied by Royal Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz,
the UK’s defense ministry said.
tensions in the region following the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, an
Iranian military commander, by the United States on January 3, 2020.
Secretary of State for Defence, two Royal Navy ships, HMS Montrose and HMS
Defender, would protect the UK shipping in this key oil tanker route.
for HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to return to accompanying duties of Red
Ensign Shipping in the Strait of Hormuz,” Wallace said.
necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time,” he added.
the US revealed plans to form a new international security mission to protect
vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz.
together as they had seen a growing threat to commercial shipping in the
on several tankers and the seizure of the British-flagged oil tanker Stena
Impero in July 2019.
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for the alleged breaching of the international
maritime law, was released two months later.