Britain’s Royal Navy is beefing up its military presence in the Persian Gulf with a nuclear-powered submarine and maritime forces, UK media report.

A 7,400-tonne Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine, equipped with cruise missiles and heavy torpedoes, will be assigned a solely defensive role, military sources told the Daily Express tabloid.

It is expected to intercept communications between Iranian servicemen and report them back to naval headquarters in the UK.

“We are sending a boat – it may well already be heading for the region,” a Royal Navy insider was quoted as saying. “Its role is a covert intelligence posture, simply gathering information to support the planned escort convoys of tankers.”

According to a separate report in The Sun, the Navy will also dispatch marines from 42 Commando, M Company.

The HMS Duncan, a type 45 air-defense destroyer, was dispatched to the Gulf earlier this month to assist Britain’s only warship operating there, the Type 23 HMS frigate Montrose, based in Bahrain.

The RFA Wave Knight supply tanker, currently stationed in Gibraltar, will transit to the region in August, while the HMS Kent frigate will be deployed there in September.

The Navy also has four minehunters and a landing ship dock committed to the area. “We have the ability to send more ships but they will take weeks so the Marines are a perfect fit in the short term,” a military insider told The Sun.

“The men have been told they could be deployed on to commercial vessels. Tankers are also now likely to travel in convoy and shipping will be protected. But our main brief is not to escalate the situation — and provide a deterrent.”

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UK defense officials are yet to commend on the reports, but they typically stay mum about such deployments.

It comes as Theresa May is holding an emergency meeting on Monday, focused on ways to maintain the security of shipping in the Persian Gulf.

The authorities have advised British ships to temporarily avoid the Strait of Hormuz after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps impounded two tankers on Friday.

One of the vessels was released, while the other was taken to a port in southern Iran pending an investigation.

Tehran claimed that the tanker ignored the distress calls of an Iranian fishing boat and collided with it.

At the same time, Tehran officials indicated that the seizure came as a tit-for-tat response following the detention of a tanker allegedly transporting Iranian oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had spoken to his Iranian counterpart to voice his “extreme disappointment”, while London may soon move to hit Iran with a series of sanctions.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Thomas Jackson
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Thomas Jackson

….when you stole their ship and Israel wanted to sale it….you escalated it….Iran was right to take 2….Iran can give all the oil it wants to Syria…their not part of your sanction club…and how about stop trying to tobble Syria its a war crime at this point, so in no way are you justified. A US citizen….

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al-Nakba v2.0

+++ “and Israel wanted to sale it” >>> Stop smoking pot. +++ “Iran was right to take 2…” >>> Yeah, so UK can REALLY escalate. The shooting party is coming… Iranian regime is digging its own grave +++ “Iran can give all the oil it wants to Syria…their not part of your sanction club…” >>> Except that the “Iranian” tanker (which wasn’t sailing under Iranian flag and is NOT Iranian : only the cargo is Iranian) entered Gibraltar or EU territorial waters, so it entered the sanction club… +++ “and how about stop trying to tobble Syria its a war… Read more »

Jose MataJudios
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Jose MataJudios

Go be hasbara somewhere else filthy attempt of human called jew.

Jose MataJudios
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Jose MataJudios

lol watch out with the midget Iranian subs.. you filthy brits don’t want to experience the same as South Korea sub that was destroyed by a midget North Korean sub.

Dezire
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Dezire

“A 7,400-tonne Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine, equipped with cruise missiles and heavy torpedoes, will be assigned a solely defensive role….”
A SOLELY DEFENSIVE ROLE. What a contradiction in a statement. As always British are flexing its military muscles, and they are going to Iranian theritory to try to choke off Iran with sanctions and to submit them eventually.

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al-Nakba v2.0

+++ “Tehran claimed that the tanker ignored the distress calls of an Iranian fishing boat and collided with it.” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 +++ “while London may soon move to hit Iran with a series of sanctions.” >>> Sanctions are “ON”, I expect the JCPOA to be trashed soon, and so will it be with the Islamist regime. +++ “42 Commando, M Company” => Task Force 42??? Sounds like SBS (Special Boat Service). SBS = equivalent to Navy-Seals… +++ “Its role is a covert intelligence posture, simply gathering information to support the planned escort convoys of tankers.” >>> I don’t think you send… Read more »

Jose MataJudios
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Jose MataJudios

Your jewish mom p***y is filthy and disgusting fúcking jewish piece of shįt.