Commercial ships warned against using private armed security in the Gulf

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Shipping associations issue advice after a series of attacks blamed on Iran Shipping companies sailing through the Arabian Gulf are being urged to avoid having private armed security guards on board as the risk of escalation in the region rises. Relations between Iran and the West have become increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar last week …

UK deploys destroyer to Arabian Gulf as Iran tensions heighten

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Increased presence in the region a response to Tehran’s attempt to interdict a British naval tanker Britain has increased its military commitment in the Arabian Gulf by sending a second warship to the region as it seeks to offer reassurance to merchant shipping amid escalating tensions with Iran. HMS Duncan, a Type-45 destroyer, has been ordered to sail to the …

UK orders ‘heightened security’ for all British-flagged vessels in the Strait of Hormuz as Iran threatens shipping

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The UK Department of Transport has ordered all British-flagged vessels operating in and around the Strait of Hormuz to switch to a state of “heightened security,” Sky News reported Thursday.  The alert comes just one day after three Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats attempted to seize the BP oil tanker British Heritage near the Strait of Hormuz.  The IRGC forces …

Iranian boats attempted to seize British tanker

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(CNN) Five armed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats unsuccessfully tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday, according to two US officials with direct knowledge of the incident. The British Heritage tanker was sailing out of the Persian Gulf and was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by the Iranian boats. …

Iranian boats ‘tried to intercept British tanker’

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Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker near the Gulf – before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship, a UK government spokesman has said.  HMS Montrose positioned itself between the three boats and the tanker British Heritage before issuing verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, he said. He described the Iranians’ actions as “contrary to international …

U.S. wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, the top U.S. general said on Tuesday. Under the plan, which has only been finalized in recent days, the United States would …

Iranian official threatens to seize British oil tanker

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An Iranian official has said a British oil tanker should be seized, if a detained Iranian ship is not released. British Royal Marines helped officials in Gibraltar to seize the super-tanker Grace 1 on Thursday, after it was suspected of carrying oil from Iran to Syria, in breach of EU sanctions. Iran later summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to complain about …

Gibraltar seizes Iranian oil tanker bound for Syria

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By Bianca Britton, Arnaud Siad, Nada Bashir and Samantha Beech, CNN Updated 0137 GMT (0937 HKT) July 5, 2019 (CNN)British Royal Marines in Gibraltar stormed an Iranian ship believed to have been carrying oil to Syria on Thursday, in what authorities said was a violation of European Unionsanctions on Syria. Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies, aided by the British marines, detained the Grace 1 super tanker early …