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11:10  20 july  2019
11:10  20 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

UK ships in Strait of Hormuz put on 'heightened security'

UK ships in Strait of Hormuz put on 'heightened security' The Department for Transport has issued new guidance to all British-flagged ships to go to a heightened state of security in the Strait of Hormuz, Sky News understands. © Other HMS Montrose deployed its helicopter when it was confronted The guidance was issued in recent days in response to concern about an increased threat from Iran in the Gulf, two maritime industry sources said. British-flagged ships have been advised to keep alert for Iranian patrol boats "being aggressive towards them", one of the sources said.

US Navy Lt. j.g. David Babka. Iran on Friday says it seized a British-owned oil tanker and its crew, amid reports it diverted a The UK and US both have warships in the region that have proven their mettle in backing down Iranian threats. It' s unclear if the US or UK will attempt a rescue mission, but

Boiling point: How the US - Iran relationship got here . The US has also blamed Iran for explosions on two oil tankers last week on one of the world' s most vital Tensions in the area affect oil prices and if the strait were closed due to the threat of ongoing attacks, it Even with the help from Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the US won't come near to the firepower and political support

Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over © US Navy Lt. j.g. David Babka
  • Iran on Friday said it seized a British-owned oil tanker and its crew, amid reports it diverted a second British tanker towards Iran, in a clear message to the UK and the US that they're willing to get aggressive in a feud over oil sanctions.
  • The UK and US both have warships in the region that have proven their mettle in backing down Iranian threats.
  • It's unclear if the US or UK will attempt a rescue mission, but with two aircraft carriers, US destroyers, and a UK frigate in the region, any potential escalation could lead to a massive naval conflict.

Iran on Friday said it seized a British oil tanker and its crew amid reports it diverted a second tanker towards Iran within hours of the seizure in a clear message to the UK and the US that they're willing to get aggressive in a feud over oil sanctions. But they may soon have to contend with heavy US and UK naval firepower already in the region.

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker Iran has demanded the immediate release of an oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar, warning Britain: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences." It comes as tensions mount in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a British tanker sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian supertanker - the Grace 1 - was seized last week after it was suspected of taking crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

As tensions escalate over the tanker row, it' s been revealed that the Royal Navy is set to send a third warship Iran ' s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vows Tehran will respond to UK 'piracy' over tanker seizure. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here .

These latest developments come amid heightened tensions between the UK , the US , and Iran . The Iranian Revolutionary Guard-affiliated news agency said the tanker was seized for breaking three A White House National Security Council spokesman said it was the second time in just over a week

Related: Iran warned of 'serious consequences' over seizure of UK tanker

Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over © Getty A bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln

The US sent its USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and attached strike group to the region in May. This represents the world's most potent unit of naval power, with the aircraft carrier's formidable air wing, a cruiser, four destroyers, a cruiser, and support ships.

Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over © Reuters Flight deck of the U.S aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln

The USS Boxer, a smaller carrier for AV-8B Harrier jets and helicopters, is also operating nearby and said it recently downed an Iranian drone. Iran denied this and posted video of one of its drones landing to challenge the US's narrative, although it's unclear if Iran's footage proves anything.

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria. He said he had a "constructive call" with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who he said assured him that Tehran "is not seeking to escalate" tensions between the countries. "I reassured him our concern was destination not origin of the oil on Grace One," a tanker seized off the coast of the tiny British territory of Gibraltar on July 4, Hunt tweeted.

A huge US naval presence has built up in the Gulf over recent days amid a fevered standoff between Washington and Tehran. TWO Saudi oil tankers were hit by a "sabotage attack" off the United Arab Emirates, it was announced this morning - as tensions flare between the US and Iran .

Mr Hunt said the tanker had been surrounded by four vessels and a helicopter and was heading into Iranian Tensions between the US and Iran have risen sharply since the US tightened sanctions it UK 'deeply concerned' over tanker seizure. The foreign secretary says the detention by Iran of the

Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over © Reuters USS Boxer The UK has the HMS Montrose on station, which immediately following the seizure of the tankers was broadcasting its location and sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. The UK has another two warships on the way.

Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over © Reuters Royal Navy vessel HMS Montrose Previously, the UK's Montrose got into a standoff with Iranian gunboats trying to veer an oil tanker called the "British Heritage" into Iran's waters. The Montrose aimed its 30 mm guns at the Iranian fast attack craft swarming the tanker and warded them off.

Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over © Associated Press

Retired US Navy Capt. Rick Hoffman told Business Insider's Ryan Pickrell that the 30 mm guns, were the "perfect weapon" against these type of ships.

But the US's aircraft carriers can do better than perfect. With helicopter gunships launched off the Boxer or Lincoln, the US could easily destroy any number of Iranian fast-attack craft.

UK to send third major warship to Gulf amid Iran tensions

UK to send third major warship to Gulf amid Iran tensions The UK is to send another major warship to the Persian Gulf amid ongoing tensions with Iran. © PA HMS Kent will travel to the Gulf from mid-September Frigate HMS Kent will travel to the region from mid-September to bolster the Royal Navy's presence. The UK has HMS Montrose permanently stationed in the Gulf, but the frigate will soon enter a Royal Navy base in Bahrain for around three or four weeks, in order to refuel and re-stock.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blames Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman in Recent US and Iran tensions . May 5: USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task They were targeted near the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates - with one of the tankers due to be A huge US naval presence has built up in the Gulf over recent weeks amid a fevered standoff

A US cargo ship is currently traversing the same narrow, dangerous waters near where armed Iranian special forces had boarded the 2nd vessel. " We will respond in a way that is considered but robust, and we are absolutely clear that if this situation is not resolved quickly there will be serious

Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over © Getty Iranian marines sit in a military speed boat

In June, Iran shot down an expensive US surveillance drone with a surface-to-air missile. The Pentagon drew up plans for a retaliatory attack on Iran, but President Donald Trump said he canceled it upon hearing how many Iranians would die.

But now Iran holds at least 23 sailors captive after seizing the vessel. The UK's top leaders on Friday held an emergency meeting to decide how to proceed.

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Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over
Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over

Iran frequently talks about sinking US aircraft carriers, and its navy holds the operational goal of destroying the US Navy, but Sim Tack, a researcher at Stratfor, a geopolitical consulting company, told Business Insider that the US had deployed its carrier smartly.

"The US is being very smart about how it's deploying its carrier. It prefers to keep its carrier in the Arabian Sea rather than the Persian Gulf. There are more open waters there, so they're not putting themselves in the Persian Gulf where their movement is a lot more restricted."

Here's the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over © MarineTraffic.com/Business Insider

Because of the long range of the US's carrier aircraft, the US can strike Iran from far off in the Arabian Sea without risking getting mined or submarine attacks that Iran may launch within their home waters, according to Tack.

"Iran doesn't have an air force of its own that's capable of withstanding these aircraft," said Tack. "That element of air defense is extremely outdated and incapable from Iran."

Additionally, US ships in the region have potentially more than 400 Tomahawk cruise missiles, which each have a range of greater than 1,000 miles. The US used these missiles twice in strikes against neighboring Syria.

It's unclear if the US or UK will launch a rescue mission to free the captive sailors, but the considerable naval firepower in the region means that Iran's attempts to hijack oil tankers could start a naval fight.

Commenting on the tensions in the region, Trump said Friday that US ships are "the most deadly ships ever conceived and we hope for [Iran's] sake they don't do anything foolish. If they do they're going to pay a price like nobody's ever paid a price."

Iran Links British Seizure of Oil Tanker to Ailing Nuclear Deal.
Iran for the first time tied the British seizure of an Iranian oil tanker to the ailing nuclear deal on Sunday, calling it illegal and a violation of the agreement. 

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