The British government has announced it will provide a Royal Navy escort for British flagged vessels to cross the Strait of Hormuz in the face of mounting diplomatic tensions in the Gulf. [1
The move follows the conquest of the British flagged tanker Stena Impero by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Friday.
The shipowner said the crew was safe and working with officials.
The shipping company Stena Bulk said its 23 crew members – Indians, Russians, Latvians and Filipinos – could have spoken directly with their families for a limited period
The decision to provide military escort to merchant shipping follows a meeting of the Cobra Emergency Committee of Downing Street to discuss the situation at the Gulf, the Ministry of Transport, when they cross the Strait of Hormuz, so that a Royal Navy warship can provide a military escort.
"The Royal Navy has been tasked with escorting British flagged vessels, individually or in groups, through the Strait of Hormuz, if their passage is sufficiently announced," said a government spokesman. Navigation is crucial to the global trading system and the global economy and we will do our utmost to defend it, "he added.
" This move will provide much-needed security and security for our shipping community in this uncertain time. However, we will continue to work for a de-escalation of tensions in the region and the safe return of our seafarers.
The British Chamber of Shipping welcomed the government's decision and called the announcement "an encouraging step."
On Wednesday night, HMS Montrose escorted two merchant ships traveling together across the strait.
HMS Montrose is currently in stationed to calm British ships and was forced earlier this month to switch between three Iranian boats attempting to hinder an oil tanker.
Iran denied that the incident had occurred and said that There has been no confrontation with foreign vessels.
On Monday, then-Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt told MPs that the UK would seek to create a European-led mission to ensure the safe transit of international ships in the Gulf.  The new system would have a mandate to ensure the maritime freedom with international ships, the Foreign Office said. However, Hunt insisted that the US would not be included in President Trump 's policy, "maximum pressure" on
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On Monday, then-Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt told British MPs that Britain would seek a European-led mission to ensure a safe passage for international ships in the Gulf.
The new system would have a mandate to ensure the freedom of shipping for international ships, said the Foreign Office.
But while the mission was being conducted "as soon as possible," Mr. Hunt insisted that the US not be part of President Donald Trump's policy of "maximum pressure" on Tehran.
In April, the US tightened its own sanctions on Iran, which they re-imposed after Tehran withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal.
The British government has continued to commit itself to the agreement that covers its nuclear activities Iran in return for the lifting of sanctions restricts they were "deeply disturbed" by events on the Gulf.
They added, "We believe the time has come to act responsibly and seek a way to stop the escalation of tensions and resume dialogue."