Gulf escort duty for British warship


British warship HMS Kent set sail for the Gulf to join a US-led mission protecting commercial shipping vessels amid heightened political tension between the West and Iran.
Britain joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels.
This comes after Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. On July 4 British marines seized an Iranian vessel, suspected of smuggling oil to Syria, off the coast of Gibraltar.
“Our focus in the Gulf remains firmly one of de-escalating current tensions,” said Andy Brown, the ship’s commanding officer.
“We are committed to upholding freedom of navigation and reassuring international shipping, which this deployment 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.