Royal Navy ‘escorts British oil tanker’ after Iran issues threat

Max Channon – Plymouth Live July 10, 2019

Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Westminster. Click to enlarge

The Royal Navy appears to be escorting a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran threatened to seize a British oil tanker in retaliation for Royal Marines from Plymouth boarding and taking control of an Iranian tanker believed to be smuggling oil to Syria.

It comes after British oil tanker British Heritage is reported to have made a U-turn and dropped anchor to avoid approaching Iranian waters with a full cargo, in fear the  Iran could attempt to seize.

Now, ship tracking website Marine Traffic  shows that British registered oil tanker Pacific Voyager is making her way through the Strait of Hormuz – closely shadowed by an unidentified British warship.

Open Source Intelligence gatherer Doge reports: “Pacific Voyager is currently receiving an escort through the Persian Gulf with a Royal Navy frigate (Type 23)”

Two days ago, the Pacific Voyager tanker was en-route from Singapore to Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, when she slowed down and stopped  – reportedly sparking fears that Iranian forces had boarded the vessel.

The Pacific Voyager’s home port is Douglas on the Isle of Man.

The MoD has been contacted for a comment.

The Strait of Hormuz is regarded to be the the world’s most sensitive oil transportation choke point, through which  around 30% of the world’s energy must pass – and tensions in the area have spiked recently, with the US claiming Iran is responsible for six  attacks on oil tankers in recent months.

The Royal Navy says it  “maintains a conspicuous presence” in the area and its  website says it is “on patrol in the Gulf 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year”, a part of the UK’s longstanding commitment to keeping the area safe – and ensuring the safe flow of oil and trade.

Operation Kipion and the Combined Task Force  CTF 150 ensure a typical Royal Navy presence in the volatile Gulf region consists of helicopters, a dock landing and escort ships  and a permanent squadron of four minehunters –  with a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship at notice within the operational area.

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3 responses to “Royal Navy ‘escorts British oil tanker’ after Iran issues threat”

  1. How dare the royal navy go against the wishes of the people and side with israel
    in a democracy this woud never happen
    they should be protecting us, the folk who pay their wages
    bastards

  2. ordinary people on both sides of the atlantic dont see these wars as worth fighting
    they both thing leave the fighting to israel, if they want it let them do it
    There were milions of people marching in every city and town across the UK
    telling the soldiers DO NOT GO to war on the people of iraq afghanistan syria and soon iran and russia
    what the hell for ?