As a British vessel attempted to pass through the waters of the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s Elite Revolutionary Guard tried to detain the ship. Furthermore, the HMS Montrose vessel trained its 30mm deck guns on the Iranian forces, forcing Iran to back off.
In response to the heightened tensions in the region, the Royal Navy was escorting the British tanker through the flashpoint. As the boat attempted to make its pass, Iranian ships approached and requested that the ship follow them into Iranian waters. At which time, the Royal Navy positioned itself between Iranian forces and the commercial vessel, forcing a standoff, and Iran to recede.
The aforementioned comes only weeks after the United States warned its allies of Iran’s advancements. Also, the incident comes after Royal Marines detained an Iranian oil tanker off of Gibraltar. The ship was detained on suspicions that it was carrying oil to its ally in Syria, an action that violates EU sanctions.
In response, Iran vowed retaliation, of which came to fruition when Iran attempted to detain a British commercial vessel.
“Now an action that does not need ability but some stupidity has been carried out by them,” Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, a deputy Guards commander, said, according to Tasnim news agency.
“The American government, and also England, should not have taken action if they had made the smallest calculation,” he said.
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“We had rented this ship and we carried the cargo. Their action was very silly and they will certainly regret it. Our reciprocal action will be announced.”
Confirming the Montrose standoff yesterday, a Government spokesperson urged Iran to “de-escalate the situation in the region.”