Britain’s navy will accompany UK-flagged ships by the Strait of Hormuz to present safety after the killing of Iranian navy commander Qassem Soleimani by US forces.
Defence minister Ben Wallace stated he had ordered the warships HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to put together to return to escort duties for all ships crusing below a British service provider flag.
“The government will take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time,” he stated.
Iran has vowed to take revenge on the US after President Donald Trump ordered the airstrike to execute the nation’s prime normal Qassem Soleimani.
Iran’s leaders have stated they intend to goal key US allies and property in response to the assault which has heightened tensions in the Middle East.
Navy escorts have been beforehand used to shield service provider ships in the Gulf after the seizure of the British-owned oil tanker Stena Impero close to the Strait by Iranian forces in July 2019.
In the assertion, Mr Wallace additionally stated he had spoken to his US counterpart Mark Esper about the assault on Friday and that each urged all events to “de-escalate” the state of affairs.
He additionally claimed General Soleimani had been concerned in efforts to undermine neighbouring nations in the Middle East and stated the US was “entitled to defend itself” in opposition to any threats to its residents.
Mr Wallace stated: “Yesterday I spoke to my US counterpart Secretary Esper and we urge all events to have interaction to de-escalate the state of affairs. During the previous couple of months US forces in Iraq, who’re based mostly in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi authorities, have been repeatedly attacked by Iranian backed militia.
“General Soleimani has been at the coronary heart of the use of proxies to undermine neighbouring sovereign nations and goal Iran’s enemies. Under worldwide regulation the United States is entitled to defend itself in opposition to these posing an imminent menace to their residents.”
HMS Montrose and HMS Defender have been instructed to put together for a return to escort duties in the strait.