Military Capabilities

UK outlines Gulf ship-protection plan to potential participants

26 July 2019

Military and civilian representatives from 50 countries attended a meeting at the headquarters of US Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, on 25 July to flesh out UK proposals to form a European-led naval force to protect merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.

A senior UK defence source told Jane's that the proposals generated at the meeting are now being considered by governments. "Representatives have sent back the output of the meeting to their governments," said the source. "It's time for capitals to make decisions."

The proposal was originally made by former UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 22 July but his sacking by new Prime Minister Boris Johnson two days later raised questions over the new government's commitment to the plan.

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