As tensions in the region increased, sources pointed out that the Astute-class submarine would play a purely defensive role, using its sophisticated equipment to collect covert electronic information to secure British and international shipping. On Saturday, Iran intensified its provocation by releasing images of the Quds Force of the Iranian National Guard, which rappelled from the helicopter to board the tanker. It is a reflection of images released by Britain two weeks ago, showing the Royal Marines descending on Grace 1, an Iranian tanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria. During an emergency call with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Hunt said he expressed "the deepest disappointment that Iran, after reassuring me last Saturday, wanted to de-escalate the situation in which he behaved differently." ,
He added, "It must be action, not words, if we want to find a way, British shipping must and will be protected."
The submarine with a capacity of 7,400 tons, one of the newest in the UK, will be able to plan movements and movements capable of voice transmissions from a distance of 200 miles.
The electronic warfare suite can intercept and download all on-board conversations with professionals. You can evaluate the transfer and report back to Marine Headquarters. According to sources, the main focus will be on the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas and the flotilla of so-called dwarf submarines, which pose an increasing threat to international shipping along the Strait of Hormuz.
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"His role is a covert intelligence posture where information is simply collected to aid the planned escort." Convoys of tankers.
"The Astute class has significant electronic warfare capabilities and does not have to sit in the Gulf to be effective."
Ambush, the second of the mighty Royal Navy's new Astute-class submarines
Defense Minister Penny Mordaunt confirmed last night that a Royal Navy frigate had only one An hour later, when Iranian troops took control of the British-flagged Stena, Impero took over what she described as a "hostile act." Mr. Hunt dismissed Tehran's claims that it had carried out a "tit-for-tat" action to seize British supertanker Grace 1.
"Nothing could be further from the truth Grace 1 was legally detained in the waters of Gibraltar because it carried oil against EU sanctions to Syria," Hunt said.
"The Stena Impero was confiscated in the waters of Oman in clear violation of international law and was then forced to sail to Iran, which is utterly unacceptable."
The flare is only a week since Mr. Hunt attempted to increase support for the Iranian nuclear deal, where Tehran received more than £ 100 billion in promises of non-nuclear weapons, and has been on the verge of collapse since then. The US withdrew its support. Leading shipping companies rejected Iranian claims that Stena Impero, now out of oil, had been hit by a fishing boat and confiscated during an investigation.
"There is absolutely no credible evidence to support it, just as Iran's previous position that the ship was in Iranian waters has no relation to reality," sources said.
Last night, former Foreign Minister Sir Malcolm Rifkind said it was time for multinational convoys to protect the region.
Britain has already increased its maritime presence. The HMS Kent, a type 23 frigate of the Duke class, will start from Portsmouth in early September and will increase the British Royal Navy to nine men.
And four Royal Navy referees who had already been stationed at the Gulf for three years escort duties have now been entrusted to them.
On Friday, intelligence hearings were received by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders to increase the heavy artillery shelling range of the Stena Impero and set up a new "detention center," sources said.
Iran is said to have 2,000 fast attack ships submarines that pose the greatest threat, said the former Royal Navy commander, Tom Sharpe 9003] "The Yono submarine is a particular threat. Often they lurk in the middle of the subsurface traffic separation system [a maritime traffic-management route-system] and are armed with a few heavy torpedoes, "said Commander Sharpe.
" These will kill a frigate and possibly even a carrier. There is always a pair at sea that is hard to find and harder to defeat. "
Former International Development Minister Priti Patel said last night that British attempts to bring about a hoped-for normalization of diplomatic relations failed." We are being played. "
Ms. Patel, now a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said:" The hostility we have since should have worried us for some time from the Iranian regime.
"Despite all efforts In Britain, there is a normalization at all. These are the techniques and tactics that have been associated with the Iranian regime for decades. "We see the essential system based on international rules endangered, we are being played.
" While our response needs to be measured, it is certainly time to have more uncomfortable discussions about where we are going from here. "
James Rogers of the Henry Jackson Society, a British foreign policy think-tank, said:" Britain has allied with the EU over the nuclear deal and Iran.
"We are trying to find a course between the EU line and calm at the same time as the US, but Iran is trying to divert us from this tightrope walk, and by and large, succeeds."
"The timing for this Actions is significant. Britain seems to be weak due to domestic problems. There will be a new government shortly, and the current one will be leaving soon. "
He added," Now it's about whether the EU framework for dealing with Iran is the right one that will work. These recent actions are clear proof that they are not working.
"If we allow them to be used purposefully without reacting, our weaknesses and perceptions around the world are only compounded."
Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt
"Our next government needs to rethink its position. We need to free the tanker, prevent additional ships being taken or derailed from their voyage, and this requires a greater presence of the Royal Navy and possibly the use of convoys. This is about the freedom of navigation. "
COMMENTARY FROM TOM TUGENDHAT MP
We have to face this bully  For 200 years, the Royal Navy kept the sea routes open, and we guaranteed that trade could safely run over straits like the mouth of the Persian Gulf.
We not only stationed ships for ourselves, but to see that international trade flourished beyond our wildest dreams.
Today's merchant shipping carries goods around the world at prices lower than ever before But it's in danger today.
The seizure of a British ship by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps reminds that rules are always tested by those who believe they could break them.
How Mobber everywhere they are encouraged by weakness and feel it today in the West.
on Iranian commandos storming the confiscated ship
They are testing us and we do not want to be found.
Our resolve and that of our allies must be strong against a group that is spreading death to Syria and Israel, has corrupted and undermined peace efforts in Iraq and Yemen, and is trying to export violent Islamic acts revolution in the region.
That means working together. We need to work with our allies and not give our enemies any reason to doubt our mutual commitment and the international rules that we have worked out together.
USA, but much more than t Today these are India and China.
Much of the energy transported across the Strait of Hormuz flows eastward than westward, as these growing economies depend on currency reserves, so they too should play their part in defending supply routes.
If we have no rule of law, we will become the tyranny and, as we have learned for centuries, we would all lose.
Today, more than ever, we need to make sure that politics works is not just a history lesson for slow learners.
Tom Tugendhat MP is chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs