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UK says frigate warned off Iranian patrol boats

12 July 2019
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A Royal Navy frigate confronted Iranian vessels attempting to block a UK-flagged oil tanker as it sailed out of the Gulf, the British government said in an 11 July statement.

“Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British Heritage , through the Strait of Hormuz. HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away,” the statement said. “We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region.”

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