Posted on Jul 11, 2019
Three Iranian gunboats believed to belong to Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) approached the oil tanker British Heritage in an attempt to bring it to a halt as it was moving out of the Gulf into the Strait of Hormuz.
The tanker was being shadowed by the Royal Navy frigate, HMS Montrose, which moved to a supporting position and training its guns on the Iranian boats which quickly withdrew. No shots were fired.
This comes a day after Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned that Britain would face “consequences” over the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker by Royal Marines.
Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz... We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region.
As well as Montrose, The Royal Navy also has four mine-hunters and a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship stationed in a permanent Naval Support Facility in the region, at Mina Salman in Bahrain.
Photo: POA(Phot) Mick Storey/MOD, OGL v1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/...
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