Second UK warship sent to support shipping in Gulf

Royal Navy vessel HMS Duncan has arrived in the Gulf, where the Type 45 destroyer will support the safe passage of British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, along with HMS Montrose.

As the government continues to work to de-escalate the situation with Iran following the seizure of the Stena Impero, the new secretary of state for transport, Grant Shapps said the security of British-flagged ships is the priority. HMS Montrose has so far accompanied 35 merchant vessels during 20 separate transits.

Defence secretary Ben Wallace added that freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz is crucial not just to the UK, but also to international partners.

“Merchant ships must be free to travel lawfully and trade safely, anywhere in the world. While we continue to push for a diplomatic resolution that will make this possible again without military accompaniment, the Royal Navy will continue to provide a safeguard for UK vessels until this is the reality,” he said.

    Share Story:

Recent Stories

Financial institutions were early adopters of cyber security and insurance. Are they still on top of the game?
Managing huge amounts of sensitive data online makes financial institutions a prime target for hackers. As such, the sector was an early cohort for insurers in creating cyber cover. Since then, the market has evolved almost beyond recognition. It continues to challenge itself to this day, complying with rigorous regulatory demands and implementing avant-garde enhancements to keep abreast of the ever-changing risks. Published June 2021

Manufacturing: An industry at risk amid great technological change
Of the many sectors of business, manufacturing companies are among the most at risk from cyber threats. How has the sector evolved to make it so vulnerable and what does the task of managing cyber exposure in a manufacturing company look like? CIR’s latest podcast with Tokio Marine HCC sought to answer all these questions and more. Published April 2021