Left Menu
Development News Edition

British warship sets sail for tanker escort mission in Gulf

Reuters | Gulf | Updated: 13-08-2019 00:27 IST | Created: 13-08-2019 00:26 IST
British warship sets sail for tanker escort mission in Gulf
Image Credit: Pixabay

British warship HMS Kent set sail for the Gulf on Monday to join a U.S.-led mission protecting commercial shipping vessels in the region amid heightened political tension between the West and Iran. Britain has joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels.

That comes after Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. On July 4 British marines seized an Iranian vessel, which is suspected of smuggling oil to Syria, off the coast of Gibraltar. "Our focus in the Gulf remains firmly one of de-escalating the current tensions," said Andy Brown, the ship's commanding officer.

"But we are committed to upholding freedom of navigation and reassuring international shipping, which this deployment on operations aims to do." The deployment was first announced last month and will see the Kent relieve another British ship, the Duncan, already working in the region.

Also Read: British PM Johnson to meet Ireland's Varadkar over Brexit - report


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Why COVID-19 is unstoppable in USA despite it being ranked at the top of GHS Index?

Several worst-hit countries such as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, Canada, and Russia have peaked COVID-19 cases in April. Almost all of them have gradually flattened the curve. However, the USA is setting new daily records of infections tha...

COVID-19 seems cooking biggest ever global scam

The increasing number of corruption cases on COVID-19 funds from throughout the world and involvement of high profile persons indicate that the countries cant ignore corruption in their pandemic response programs. This has generated the nee...

Health Management Information Systems lack holistic, integrated, and pandemic resilient character

Being a part of the United Nations system, the World Health Organization WHO deserves its share of rebuke for its alleged failure issue COVID-19 health emergency alerts on appropriate time. However, the pandemic has also exposed loopholes i...

Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...

Videos

Latest News

Billionaire Musk's net worth zooms past Warren Buffett's - Bloomberg News

Elon Musks net worth soared past Warren Buffett on Friday as the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc became the seventh richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Musks fortune rose by 6.07 billion on Frida...

Croatia, Bulgaria take big step toward joining the euro

Croatia and Bulgaria took a big step toward joining the shared euro currency Friday, underlining the currency blocs attraction despite its 2010-2015 debt crisis and the continuing debate about how to strengthen it against possible future tr...

UN encouraged experts may get to visit oil tanker off Yemen

The United Nations said Friday it is encouraged that a UN team may be able to visit an oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that are moored off the coast of Yemen, posing a serious risk to Red Sea marine life, desalinatio...

Three A-League teams finally fly out of virus-hit Melbourne

It was third time lucky for three Melbourne A-League teams trying to leave the coronavirus-hit city of Melbourne so the soccer league can restart its season. With other states closing their borders to Victoria state due to an increase in CO...

Give Feedback