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US NewsUK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran

09:50  02 september  2019
09:50  02 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The UK is considering sending drones to the Gulf as the crisis with Iran continues. The unmanned aircraft would help with overhead surveillance as British warships continue to escort UK -flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz. Although the Ministry of Defence has never officially confirmed their

Tankers, drones and fears of war. What's the crisis in the Gulf about? Media captionA Royal Navy frigate can be heard warning Iranian armed forces, before the oil tanker is seized. The UK subsequently deployed an additional warship to the Gulf to protect British shipping.

UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran © PA British drones could be sent to the Gulf. Pic: MOD The UK is considering sending drones to the Gulf as the crisis with Iran continues.

The unmanned aircraft would help with overhead surveillance as British warships continue to escort UK-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz.

The RAF still has a number of Reaper drones based in nearby Kuwait - they are flying missions over Iraq and Syria but could be re-tasked if the decision is taken. The US already has surveillance aircraft operating above the Gulf and Australia is sending a P8 maritime patrol aircraft. They are part of a growing coalition being formed to protect shipping in the region.

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The drones would aid military patrols in the region purportedly aimed at protecting British vessels from Iranian naval forces. These aircraft could soon be re-assigned to provide surveillance as tankers are escorted by The UK launched patrols in the Gulf following a series of maritime incidents with Iran .

The United Kingdom is considering deploying British drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran , Sky News reported early on Monday. UK ’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has a number of Reaper drones based in nearby Kuwait and flying over Iraq and Syria. These could be re-tasked if the decision to deploy

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It has also emerged that Iranian naval forces were interrogating commercial vessels in the days after the Stena Impero incident, specifically asking if they had British crew onboard. The practice, at its height in July, appears to have stopped now, but it was a chilling development and looked designed to drag the UK further into the crisis.

UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran © Getty British frigate HMS Montrose is permanently stationed in Bahrain The senior British naval officer in the region said the situation is still tense.

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UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran

Commodore Dean Bassett told Sky News: "The direct threat to those British merchant vessels still stands. We've seen nothing to suggest that Iran is going to abide by its international obligations."

UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran © Getty The Stena Impero remains impounded in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas And he wouldn't rule out the use of military force if necessary, saying: "While we call on Iran to abide by its international obligations, the Royal Navy - my sailors, my Marines and the ships under my command - are absolutely ready to protect and defend British merchant vessels in this theatre."

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The British frigate HMS Montrose is permanently stationed at the Royal Navy's facility in Bahrain. In recent months she has completed 38 transits of the Strait, escorting more than six million tonnes of cargo through 120 miles of high-risk waters.

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UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran
UK drones could be deployed to Gulf amid crisis with Iran

She has recently been joined by the Destroyer HMS Duncan and two other warships, HMS Kent and HMS Dragon, are en route.

Montrose's captain, Commander Will King, said the navy would stay in the area for the foreseeable future.

"We're in a position where we are providing steady state protection to British-registered shipping. I think there is still a threat to interference and hindrance but we are in a strong position to keep delivering that protection for as long as it takes."

Although Gibraltar released the Grace 1 tanker in August, the Stena Impero remains impounded in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. The Grace 1, since renamed the Adrian Darya 1, is still sailing around the eastern Mediterranean, unable to port because of EU sanctions.

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