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A Royal Navy warship raced to help a British oil tanker that was captured by Iran last night but arrived ten minutes too late, a defence source revealed today.
HMS Montrose, which was patrolling the Persian Gulf, was forced to do a U-turn when it received orders to assist the UK-flagged Stena Impero, which had been seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz.
The article goes on to state the following:
The Stena Impero was still in Omani waters when the orders were sent, but by the time HMS Montrose arrived the vessel had been taken and redirected into Iranian territorial waters. It’s claimed the Iranians were ready to ‘engage’ the Type 23 frigate.
Last week, the Royal Navy warship frigate HMS Montrose drove off three Iranian vessels which tried to stop the commercial ship British Heritage as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz.
EXCL: First image of HMS Montrose intercepting Iranian patrol boats harassing UK-flagged tanker British Heritage last week.
Photo taken by forward-looking infrared camera on Wildcat helicopter attached to the Montrose.
Frigate was too far away to help tanker yday, says source. pic.twitter.com/1ZYNRGbvbu
— Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher) July 20, 2019
Almost a week ago, #IRGCNavy Special Forces attempted to seize the #UK owned Oil tanker, British Heritage in #PersianGulf, but #RoyalNavy‘s HMS Montrose Type 23 frigate scared them off. This image is taken by a Wildcat HMA.2 is released by the #RoyalNavy today. pic.twitter.com/bicG9HMiEl
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) July 20, 2019
Lots of discussion surrounding the coverage of @HMS_MONTROSE‘s intercept of small vessels attacking/harassing a UK flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz. Here is a short blog describing what might have occurred on the bridge of the warship that night.https://t.co/rE3fbnUTkF pic.twitter.com/kjs4miLzuI
— Tom Sharpe (@pwo134) July 18, 2019
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) July 11, 2019
Mourdaunt also confirms HMS Montrose was 60 mins away from being able to help (not 10 mins as has been reported)
— Alistair Bunkall (@AliBunkallSKY) July 20, 2019
HMS Montrose steaming in the Gulf today – seen from her Wildcat helicopter
— NavyLookout (@NavyLookout) July 15, 2019
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