London: The United Kingdom has responded to the appeal made by the United States to form a front, to counter the dangerous Iranian activities in the Persian Gulf. The British navy warship ‘HMS Kent’ has left for the Persian Gulf. Earlier, the British warships, HMS Duncan and HMS Montrose have been already deployed in the marine region near Iran. Also, Australia will soon be sending its warship to the Persian Gulf whereas even Israel has announced it will be joining the front against Iran.
Last month, Iran had seized the British oil tanker Stena Impero, sailing through the Persian Gulf. Iran declared that it was a retaliatory action taken by the British Marines unit, against an Iranian tanker. However, even after the seizure of British oil tanker, Iran had abducted two more tankers. Furthermore, the United States too accused Iran of being responsible for the attacks on the Saudi oil tankers.
Asserting that the oil movement through the Persian Gulf is under threat from Iran, US President Donald Trump appealed to the US allies, from Europe and Gulf, to join the front against Iran. The United Kingdom has responded to the appeal. With HMS Duncan and HMS Montrose already deployed in the Persian Gulf, the Untied Kingdom has despatched one more warship HMS Kent to the Persian Gulf. The British media have claimed that deployment of this warship equipped with torpedo, Harpoon missiles and anti-piracy systems, is a stern warning to Iran.
Commander of HMS Kent, Andy Brown reacted saying, “Our focus in the Gulf remains firmly one of de-escalating the current tensions. But we are committed to upholding freedom of navigation and reassuring international shipping, which this deployment on operations aims to do.” Commander Brown expressed confidence that HMS Kent and HMS Montrose will take the necessary action to ensure that no other ship is abducted in the Persian Gulf.
At the same time, news of special commando unit of the United Kingdom leaving for Persian Gulf was also surfaced. In the next few days, third warship HMS Kent will be seen entering the Persian Gulf and it is claimed that the assisting warship, ‘RAF Wave Night’ will be despatched to the Persian Gulf, thereafter.
Meanwhile the British media have claimed that the despatching of three warships, one after the other to the Persian Gulf indicate that the possibility of a conflict in the Persian Gulf has become stronger.