British warship commander says Iran trying to test Royal Navy’s resolve
The commander of a British warship protecting UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran said Wednesday that Tehran appeared to be testing the Royal Navy’s resolve.
William King, commander of HMS Montrose, said during 27 days patrolling the flashpoint entrance to the Gulf he had had 85 “interactions with Iranian forces”, which had often led to “an exchange of warnings” over the radio.
“That gives you some idea of the intensity… (it) is perhaps more than we’ve seen of recent times,” he told BBC Radio in a phone interview from aboard the frigate.
“The Iranians seem to be keen to test our resolve, test our reactions most of the time,” King added.
“They’ll claim that perhaps our presence is illegitimate, even though we’re completely lawfully in international waters.
“They may also run boats in at speed towards us, to test what warning levels we get to.”
A Royal Navy warship arrived last week in the Persian Gulf to accompany British-flagged ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, amid tensions after Iran seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf earlier this month.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group has released audio and video of its naval unit threatening a British Royal Navy warship to stay out of their way, during the capture of the UK-flagged oil tanker and the kidnapping of its crew.
Yesterday, the US asked Germany to join the military mission to safeguard the Strait of Hormuz, according to the US Embassy in Berlin.
Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.