UK Joins Persian Gulf Naval War Games Amid Iran-Israel Tensions

0 Posted by - September 18, 2012 - Foreign Affairs, Military

305740 300x176 UK Joins Persian Gulf Naval War Games Amid Iran Israel TensionsThree British warships joins 30-nation minesweep exercise, seen by military analysts as warning to Tehran to tow the line.

British warships have joined a major naval exercise in the Persian Gulf as tensions between Israel and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear power programme increase.

British forces are taking part in a joint operation conducted by the navies of more than 30 countries to sweep the area – a major transit point  of maritime trade – clean of mines.

“The UK is committed to a standing presence in the Gulf to ensure freedom of navigation in international waters such as the Straits of Hormuz,” said defence secretary Philip Hammond.

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