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HMS Defender deployed in the Gulf

(B2) The British Royal Navy has deployed an additional ship, the destroyer HMS Defender (D-36) to the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz to ensure the maritime security of tankers and other commercial vessels flying the British flag. Concretely, this involves responding to possible threats from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards

(credit: MOD Uk – Royal Navy – B2 archives)

Le type 45 destroyer left Portsmouth on August 12 with the HMS Kent (F-78), a Type 23 frigate, which was scheduled for deployment. On the spot, they come to join and relay another frigate, the HMS Montrose (F-236), deployed for several months and which has already made more than 30 transits across the strait. They register “ as part of the newly created international maritime security structure ", that is to say essentially within the framework of the operation led by the Americans in the region.

« This deployment will ensure the UK has the flexibility to continuously commit a ship to the international mission indicates Saturday (August 24) the ministry British Defence.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).