PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson ordered the Royal Navy warships to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, in a bid to solve the Iranian Gulf crisis.
Johnson ripped up ex-PM Theresa May’s of policy of leaving ships unprotected claiming the UK ‘did not have resources to do so.’
Tensions spiked between Iran and the UK last Friday when Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the world’s most important waterway for oil shipments.
That came two weeks after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.
HMS Montrose, a British frigate now in the area, carried out the first mission under the new policy on Wednesday evening.
“The Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage,” a government spokesman said.
“Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and we will do all we can to defend it,” he added in a statement.