Royal Navy to escort British ships through Strait of Hormuz to protect them from Iran

Royal Navy to escort British ships through Strait of Hormuz to protect them from Iran

The UK government has said it will provide a Royal Navy escort for British-flagged ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, amid escalating tensions in the Gulf.

HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, is understood to have conducted the first accompanied mission last night after the change in policy by the Department of Transport.

Shipowners are being advised to give details of their route so they can be escorted by the frigate HMS Montrose.

Ships could be grouped together into convoys or accompanied individually depending on the numbers seeking to pass through the straits on a particular day.

The move follows the seizure of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero and the kidnapping of its crew by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard terror group on Friday.

The ship’s owner said the crew are safe and co-operating with officials.

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.