Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is seen exterior Downing Avenue in London, Britain, August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is sending one other warship to the Gulf to defend freedom of navigation, the protection minister mentioned on Saturday, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker within the area.
Tensions have risen between Iran and Britain after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker final month. That got here after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker close to Gibraltar, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.
The navy mentioned HMS Duncan, a sort 45 frigate, sailed from Britain on August 12, alongside HMS Kent, which was additionally heading to the Gulf to interchange the HMS Duncan.
“Wherever the crimson ensign flies all over the world, the UK stands by to guard freedom of navigation every time is it examined,” protection minister Ben Wallace mentioned.
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill