The UK sends another warship to Gulf

epa00864745 British Warship HMS KENT, which docked in Beirut on Friday 17 November 2006 for a two-day goodwill visit. The ship will host Lebanese military officers for briefings departing on Saturday 18 November for military exercises with the Lebanese Navy. EPA/WAEL HAMZEH

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A third British warship is heading to the Gulf, the Royal Navy announced, amid heightened tensions in the region.

Britain has already sent the HMS Kent to cover for frigate HMS Montrose while it undergoes maintenance in nearby Bahrain and is now redirecting the Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender from its mission to the Pacific.

The HMS Defender sailed from Portsmouth on August 12, alongside HMS Kent, which was also heading to the Gulf to replace the HMS Duncan.

The British government has raised the alert level for ships travelling through Iranian waters to three on a three-point scale, indicating a “critical” threat.
Both Defender and Kent will now work alongside international partners as part of the newly formed International Maritime Security Construct.

Via The Royal Navy

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