Hms Montrose

23 Jul 19
GachiYellow

The Stena Impero was seized in the Strait of Hormuz at 4pm yesterday by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces British-registered tanker was ordered to turn to the north and was taken into Iranian territorial waters Warship HMS Montrose, which was patrolling the Persian Gulf, did a U-turn and raced to help captured ship A second vessel, […]

23 Jul 19
1st for Credible News

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced yesterday that the UK will join a European-led marine protection force to guard against Iranian threats in the Gulf, as he described Tehran’s hijacking of a UK-flagged tanker an act of “state piracy”. Mr Hunt said he had wanted to “keep diplomacy going”, but the seizure last week by […]

23 Jul 19
The Irish Sun
ESCALATING tensions with Iran in the Persian Gulf could push up prices at UK fuel pumps, drivers have been warned. The Strait of Hormuz, where a British oil tanker was seized by Iran on Friday, links the Middle East’s crude oil producers with key markets around the world. The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero (shown) was seized in the Strait of Hormuz, which links the Middle East’s crude oil producers with key markets Between one-fifth and one-sixth of the world’s oil moves through the strait – around 17 million barrels per day, as well as around a third of the world’s gas supply. Oil and gas prices will be affected if tensions in the area continue to rise, leading experts have warned. The AA added that prolonged uncertainty over the safety of international ships carrying oil through the Strait of Hormuz could keep UK petrol prices at already high levels this summer. The UK has warned Iran there could be “serious” diplomatic consequences if it does not release the Stena Impero tanker, suggesting there could be more disruption ahead. Bob Sanguinetti, from the UK Chamber of Shipping, said there is “no alternative route in and out of the Gulf”. He told the BBC: “If this is to endure then clearly it’s going to impact on trade routes, trade patterns and ultimately the price of those goods going through the Strait because they are going to have to be sourced from elsewhere.” ‘BAD NEWS FOR DRIVERS’ The situation is “bad news all round for drivers” who are already facing the highest July petrol prices since 2014, said the AA’s Luke Bosdet. Mr Bosdet, the organisation’s spokesman on fuel prices, said: “I think what this is likely to do is to make sure that there is no relief for the holiday driver from petrol prices which are at their highest for a July over the past five years. “Our big fear is that the cost of fuel may get worse if the tensions continue.” He added that drivers are also paying the price for a weak pound, as oil is traded in dollars. BRITS COULD BE ‘SQUEEZED’ AT PUMP The AA said oil prices have gone up by around six dollars a barrel in the past month and that petrol across the country averaged 128.35p a litre and diesel was around 131.38p at the beginning of the week. Mr Bosdet said: “A weaker pound means higher prices at the pump. Drivers are being squeezed in this vice of higher oil prices and a weaker pound.” British-linked tankers the Stena Impero and Mesdar were stormed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the Gulf on Friday. Satellite photos show the stricken Stena Impero next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas after it was dramatically seized in the Strait of Hormuz. The first pictures have also emerged from inside the tanker – showing the captive crew huddled on the floor and surrounded by makeshift bedding. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has vowed to protect ships in the Gulf with a Europe-wide naval task force as tensions with Iran continue to rise. COULD IRAN BLOCK THE STRAIT? There are now fears that Iran might try to block the strait, effectively choking off access to the oil-rich Persian Gulf. David Balston, head of the UK Chamber of Shipping, warned this would “drive up oil prices significantly”. “There are oil terminals outside of the Gulf but they are limited so you would have to find markets elsewhere,” he told the BBC. “It would significantly push up petrol and gas prices in the UK,” he adds, because 5% of the country’s oil and 13% of its natural gas passes through the Strait of Hormuz. Global oil prices have been volatile in recent weeks because of the tensions, but it’s “not been too dramatic”, says John Hall, chairman of the Alpha Energy Group consultancy. ESCALATING TENSIONS The seizure of the two British-linked oil tankers came two weeks after Royal Marines seized a supertanker believed to be carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria on July 4. The oil tanker Grace 1 was detained on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria. Iran has since been threatening to seize a British tanker in retaliation if the Grace 1 is not released. Three Iranian boats also tried to seize a BP oil tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday July 10. Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose – which was escorting the tanker through the flashpoint region – was forced to sail in front of the boats. After quickly training its 30mm deck guns on the enemy boats, deploying its Wildcat helicopter and issuing a radio warning, the Iranian boats scarpered. HMS Duncan was then deployed to patrol the busy shipping lane as all UK flagged vessels were put on the highest security alert level. FLASHPOINT But an Iranian bomb boat was found in its path, meaning the HMS Duncan could have been destroyed by the unmanned attack ship packed with explosives, the Mirror reports. Iran had earlier been blamed for a series of devastating sea mine attacks on US-linked oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Last month, Trump called off a planned airstrike on Iranian military targets at the last minute in retaliation for the shooting down of an unmanned US drone. Yesterday, US warship the USS Boxer downed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf with officials saying they used electronic jamming to bring the unmanned craft down. Iran though completely denied this saying the US had mistakenly downed one of its own drones. Iran has been squaring up to the West as it reels over the scrapping of the so-called nuclear deal by the US. [boxout headline=”ESCALATING TENSIONS: Timeline”]July 4: Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar seize an Iranian supertanker  suspected of carrying oil to Syria July 11:  HMS Montrose trains its guns on Iran gunboats trying to hijack a British  tanker, the BP-owned Heritage July 18: President Donald Trump reveals the US Navy  shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after warnings were ignored July 19: Two Brit oil tankers including Stena Impero  seized by Iran’s  Revolutionary Guard [/boxout] Iran’s supreme leader had issued a threat to the UK previously HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, heading to the Gulf as Iran threatens to disrupt shipping Footage shows the Revolutionary Guard in speedboats seizing a foreign oil tanker The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose is already in the area The Stena Impero has been seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard The Mesdar was initially surrounded by ten speedboats [bc_video video_id=”6062781977001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Donald Trump claims it is getting harder to make a deal with ‘lying’ Iran”] We pay for your stories! 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23 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
ESCALATING tensions with Iran in the Persian Gulf could push up prices at UK fuel pumps, drivers have been warned. The Strait of Hormuz, where a British oil tanker was seized by Iran on Friday, links the Middle East’s crude oil producers with key markets around the world. The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero (shown) was seized in the Strait of Hormuz, which links the Middle East’s crude oil producers with key markets Between one-fifth and one-sixth of the world’s oil moves through the strait – around 17 million barrels per day, as well as around a third of the world’s gas supply. Oil and gas prices will be affected if tensions in the area continue to rise, leading experts have warned. The AA added that prolonged uncertainty over the safety of international ships carrying oil through the Strait of Hormuz could keep UK petrol prices at already high levels this summer. The UK has warned Iran there could be “serious” diplomatic consequences if it does not release the Stena Impero tanker, suggesting there could be more disruption ahead. Bob Sanguinetti, from the UK Chamber of Shipping, said there is “no alternative route in and out of the Gulf”. He told the BBC: “If this is to endure then clearly it’s going to impact on trade routes, trade patterns and ultimately the price of those goods going through the Strait because they are going to have to be sourced from elsewhere.” ‘BAD NEWS FOR DRIVERS’ The situation is “bad news all round for drivers” who are already facing the highest July petrol prices since 2014, said the AA’s Luke Bosdet. Mr Bosdet, the organisation’s spokesman on fuel prices, said: “I think what this is likely to do is to make sure that there is no relief for the holiday driver from petrol prices which are at their highest for a July over the past five years. “Our big fear is that the cost of fuel may get worse if the tensions continue.” He added that drivers are also paying the price for a weak pound, as oil is traded in dollars. BRITS COULD BE ‘SQUEEZED’ AT PUMP The AA said oil prices have gone up by around six dollars a barrel in the past month and that petrol across the country averaged 128.35p a litre and diesel was around 131.38p at the beginning of the week. Mr Bosdet said: “A weaker pound means higher prices at the pump. Drivers are being squeezed in this vice of higher oil prices and a weaker pound.” British-linked tankers the Stena Impero and Mesdar were stormed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the Gulf on Friday. Satellite photos show the stricken Stena Impero next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas after it was dramatically seized in the Strait of Hormuz. The first pictures have also emerged from inside the tanker – showing the captive crew huddled on the floor and surrounded by makeshift bedding. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has vowed to protect ships in the Gulf with a Europe-wide naval task force as tensions with Iran continue to rise. COULD IRAN BLOCK THE STRAIT? There are now fears that Iran might try to block the strait, effectively choking off access to the oil-rich Persian Gulf. David Balston, head of the UK Chamber of Shipping, warned this would “drive up oil prices significantly”. “There are oil terminals outside of the Gulf but they are limited so you would have to find markets elsewhere,” he told the BBC. “It would significantly push up petrol and gas prices in the UK,” he adds, because 5% of the country’s oil and 13% of its natural gas passes through the Strait of Hormuz. Global oil prices have been volatile in recent weeks because of the tensions, but it’s “not been too dramatic”, says John Hall, chairman of the Alpha Energy Group consultancy. ESCALATING TENSIONS The seizure of the two British-linked oil tankers came two weeks after Royal Marines seized a supertanker believed to be carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria on July 4. The oil tanker Grace 1 was detained on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria. Iran has since been threatening to seize a British tanker in retaliation if the Grace 1 is not released. Three Iranian boats also tried to seize a BP oil tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday July 10. Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose – which was escorting the tanker through the flashpoint region – was forced to sail in front of the boats. After quickly training its 30mm deck guns on the enemy boats, deploying its Wildcat helicopter and issuing a radio warning, the Iranian boats scarpered. HMS Duncan was then deployed to patrol the busy shipping lane as all UK flagged vessels were put on the highest security alert level. FLASHPOINT But an Iranian bomb boat was found in its path, meaning the HMS Duncan could have been destroyed by the unmanned attack ship packed with explosives, the Mirror reports. Iran had earlier been blamed for a series of devastating sea mine attacks on US-linked oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Last month, Trump called off a planned airstrike on Iranian military targets at the last minute in retaliation for the shooting down of an unmanned US drone. Yesterday, US warship the USS Boxer downed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf with officials saying they used electronic jamming to bring the unmanned craft down. Iran though completely denied this saying the US had mistakenly downed one of its own drones. Iran has been squaring up to the West as it reels over the scrapping of the so-called nuclear deal by the US. [boxout headline=”ESCALATING TENSIONS: Timeline”]July 4: Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar seize an Iranian supertanker  suspected of carrying oil to Syria July 11:  HMS Montrose trains its guns on Iran gunboats trying to hijack a British  tanker, the BP-owned Heritage July 18: President Donald Trump reveals the US Navy  shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after warnings were ignored July 19: Two Brit oil tankers including Stena Impero  seized by Iran’s  Revolutionary Guard [/boxout] Iran’s supreme leader had issued a threat to the UK previously HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, heading to the Gulf as Iran threatens to disrupt shipping Footage shows the Revolutionary Guard in speedboats seizing a foreign oil tanker The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose is already in the area The Stena Impero has been seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard The Mesdar was initially surrounded by ten speedboats [bc_video video_id=”6062781977001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Donald Trump claims it is getting harder to make a deal with ‘lying’ Iran”] We pay for your stories! 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23 Jul 19
The Sun
ESCALATING tensions with Iran in the Persian Gulf could push up prices at UK fuel pumps, drivers have been warned. The Strait of Hormuz, where a British oil tanker was seized by Iran on Friday, links the Middle East’s crude oil producers with key markets around the world. The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero (shown) was seized in the Strait of Hormuz, which links the Middle East’s crude oil producers with key markets Between one-fifth and one-sixth of the world’s oil moves through the strait – around 17 million barrels per day, as well as around a third of the world’s gas supply. Oil and gas prices will be affected if tensions in the area continue to rise, leading experts have warned. The AA added that prolonged uncertainty over the safety of international ships carrying oil through the Strait of Hormuz could keep UK petrol prices at already high levels this summer. The UK has warned Iran there could be “serious” diplomatic consequences if it does not release the Stena Impero tanker, suggesting there could be more disruption ahead. Bob Sanguinetti, from the UK Chamber of Shipping, said there is “no alternative route in and out of the Gulf”. He told the BBC: “If this is to endure then clearly it’s going to impact on trade routes, trade patterns and ultimately the price of those goods going through the Strait because they are going to have to be sourced from elsewhere.” ‘BAD NEWS FOR DRIVERS’ The situation is “bad news all round for drivers” who are already facing the highest July petrol prices since 2014, said the AA’s Luke Bosdet. Mr Bosdet, the organisation’s spokesman on fuel prices, said: “I think what this is likely to do is to make sure that there is no relief for the holiday driver from petrol prices which are at their highest for a July over the past five years. “Our big fear is that the cost of fuel may get worse if the tensions continue.” He added that drivers are also paying the price for a weak pound, as oil is traded in dollars. BRITS COULD BE ‘SQUEEZED’ AT PUMP The AA said oil prices have gone up by around six dollars a barrel in the past month and that petrol across the country averaged 128.35p a litre and diesel was around 131.38p at the beginning of the week. Mr Bosdet said: “A weaker pound means higher prices at the pump. Drivers are being squeezed in this vice of higher oil prices and a weaker pound.” British-linked tankers the Stena Impero and Mesdar were stormed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the Gulf on Friday. Satellite photos show the stricken Stena Impero next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas after it was dramatically seized in the Strait of Hormuz. The first pictures have also emerged from inside the tanker – showing the captive crew huddled on the floor and surrounded by makeshift bedding. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has vowed to protect ships in the Gulf with a Europe-wide naval task force as tensions with Iran continue to rise. COULD IRAN BLOCK THE STRAIT? There are now fears that Iran might try to block the strait, effectively choking off access to the oil-rich Persian Gulf. David Balston, head of the UK Chamber of Shipping, warned this would “drive up oil prices significantly”. “There are oil terminals outside of the Gulf but they are limited so you would have to find markets elsewhere,” he told the BBC. “It would significantly push up petrol and gas prices in the UK,” he adds, because 5% of the country’s oil and 13% of its natural gas passes through the Strait of Hormuz. Global oil prices have been volatile in recent weeks because of the tensions, but it’s “not been too dramatic”, says John Hall, chairman of the Alpha Energy Group consultancy. ESCALATING TENSIONS The seizure of the two British-linked oil tankers came two weeks after Royal Marines seized a supertanker believed to be carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria on July 4. The oil tanker Grace 1 was detained on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria. Iran has since been threatening to seize a British tanker in retaliation if the Grace 1 is not released. Three Iranian boats also tried to seize a BP oil tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday July 10. Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose – which was escorting the tanker through the flashpoint region – was forced to sail in front of the boats. After quickly training its 30mm deck guns on the enemy boats, deploying its Wildcat helicopter and issuing a radio warning, the Iranian boats scarpered. HMS Duncan was then deployed to patrol the busy shipping lane as all UK flagged vessels were put on the highest security alert level. FLASHPOINT But an Iranian bomb boat was found in its path, meaning the HMS Duncan could have been destroyed by the unmanned attack ship packed with explosives, the Mirror reports. Iran had earlier been blamed for a series of devastating sea mine attacks on US-linked oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Last month, Trump called off a planned airstrike on Iranian military targets at the last minute in retaliation for the shooting down of an unmanned US drone. Yesterday, US warship the USS Boxer downed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf with officials saying they used electronic jamming to bring the unmanned craft down. Iran though completely denied this saying the US had mistakenly downed one of its own drones. Iran has been squaring up to the West as it reels over the scrapping of the so-called nuclear deal by the US. [boxout headline=”ESCALATING TENSIONS: Timeline”]July 4: Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar seize an Iranian supertanker  suspected of carrying oil to Syria July 11:  HMS Montrose trains its guns on Iran gunboats trying to hijack a British  tanker, the BP-owned Heritage July 18: President Donald Trump reveals the US Navy  shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after warnings were ignored July 19: Two Brit oil tankers including Stena Impero  seized by Iran’s  Revolutionary Guard [/boxout] Iran’s supreme leader had issued a threat to the UK previously HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, heading to the Gulf as Iran threatens to disrupt shipping Footage shows the Revolutionary Guard in speedboats seizing a foreign oil tanker The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose is already in the area The Stena Impero has been seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard The Mesdar was initially surrounded by ten speedboats [bc_video video_id=”6062781977001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Donald Trump claims it is getting harder to make a deal with ‘lying’ Iran”] We pay for your stories! 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23 Jul 19
Brexit Compliance News

A former Europe minister has revealed he quit the government to table an emergency motion in parliament that could have blocked Boris Johnson from becoming prime minister. Sir Alan Duncan‘s motion was rejected by speaker John Bercow but it exposes the depth of rifts within the Conservative Party over the expected elevation to 10 Downing Street of […]

23 Jul 19
Arcynewsy

Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy Europe-led "maritime protection mission" to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the waterway last week. Briefing Parliament on the Budding Crisis, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt Accused Iran of "an act of state piracy" that must […]

22 Jul 19
The Irish Sun
STARTLING aerial photos of the British-flagged oil tanker seized by Tehran’s troops have emerged showing it being circled by a military speedboat. The images show the stricken Stena Impero next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas after it was dramatically seized in the Strait of Hormuz. The Stena Impero circled by an Iranian-manned speedboat in the Strait of Hormuz The British oil tanker was captured on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard They emerged hours after Jeremy Hunt vowed to protect ships in the Gulf with a Europe-wide naval task force as tensions with Iran continue to rise. Earlier, the first pictures emerged from inside the tanker captured on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. One image shows the captive crew huddled on the floor and surrounded by makeshift bedding. A pile of shoes can also be seen in the foreground. The picture was taken on Sunday and released by Fars News Agency, a news agency with close ties to the Iranian regime. Other images show an Iranian soldier patrolling one of the ship’s walkways, and the ship seen from a distance down the barrel of a rifle. Footage from Iranian state media showed the crew inside the ship, sat round a table talking and seemingly comfortable. Members can also be seen working in the ship’s kitchen and standing on what looks to be its bridge. [bc_video video_id=”6062601202001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Video of crew inside Brit oil tanker seized by Iran”] The Stena Impero is next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas A picture from on board the Stena Impero shows the crew of the ship after it was captured Armed members of the Revolutionary Guard patrol the ship on Sunday Footage from Iranian state media showed the crew gathered on board the ship Iran launched a gunboat and helicopter raid on the UK-registered ship last week, claiming the vessel had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings after hitting a fishing boat. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard later said on the country’s state television that the ship had been boarded for “violating international maritime rules”. But Stena Bulk, which owns the ship, said it was in “full compliance with all navigation and international regulations”. The move is widely assumed to have been a retaliation to the British seizure of an Iranian vessel off Gibraltar last week. The Iranian vessel was suspected of breaching an embargo on oil shipments to Syria, but Iran said at the time it would “not leave such evil deeds unanswered”. In a letter to the UN Security Council, the UK’s deputy permanent representative Jonathan Allen wrote that the British vessel had been in Omani waters with its transponder switched on when it was approached. They are seen sat round a table talking and seemingly comfortable Crew members can also be seen on what looks to be the ship’s bridge The ship seen from a distance down the barrel of a rifle Stena Bulk said Iranian authorities had told them the ship’s crew were in “good health” and being held at Iranian port Bandar Abbas. But in a further taunt to the Royal Navy, Iran last night hoisted an Iranian flag over the vessel. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called the seizure illegal and said that British shipping “must and will be protected”. Dramatic footage released on Saturday showed the moment Tehran troops abseiled onto the ship the night before. The clip is thought to have been filmed in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, where jet boats have been sailing around the British ship. It has also emerged Tehran wants to impose a “toll” on all ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, saying it would be used to “protect” the safety of the vessels. Any move to create a toll is likely to be met with hostility as a fifth of the world’s oil passes through the strait. On Saturday, state-funded Press TV published an article, entitled “From Piracy to Impotence”, criticising British activity in the Gulf. IF YOU OBEY, YOU WILL BE SAFE “Diplomatic spats aside, any objective review of the facts will not fail to recognise that in recent events in the Persian Gulf and the Gibraltar Strait, the UK has engaged in illegal, and destabilising, activities on at least three occasions,” it said. Audio has also emerged of radio exchanges before the seizure between Iranian armed forces and a nearby British warship, HMS Montrose. In the recording, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard can be heard telling the Impero: “If you obey, you will be safe. Alter course to 360 degrees immediately, over.” After that, HMS Montrose can be heard telling the ship’s crew: “This is British warship F236. “I reiterate, that as you are conducting transit passage in a recognised international strait, under international law your passage must not be impaired, impeded, obstructed or hampered.” The frigate then asks the Iranian vessel to confirm it is not “intending to violate international law” by attempting to board the tanker, in the recording obtained by security firm Dryad Global. Moments later, Iranian special forces stormed the ship by abseiling down from a helicopter. [bc_video video_id=”6062781977001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Donald Trump claims it is getting harder to make a deal with ‘lying’ Iran”] The Iranian flag was hoisted over seized British tanker Stena Impero An Iranian Revolutionary Guard jet boat sails around the seized British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in Bandar Abbas An Iranian soldier on a walkway on board the ship Penny Mordaunt, the defence secretary, said that HMS Montrose had been an hour away from the Impero, too far to physically stop the seizure. Montrose is the only warship Britain has in the Gulf to cover the 90-mile strait. However, the government has not arranged fixed times at which civilian vessels from the UK could sail through the Strait under the protection of the frigate, as it has done previously to guard against Somali pirates. It can also be revealed that in April Britain withdrew two Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters, which were based close by in Oman and provided surveillance of the Strait for hostile Iranian activity. It said at the time they were “no longer needed”. A nuclear-powered submarine and Royal Marine Commandos could now be sent to bolster Navy defences in the Gulf. GULF CRISIS The moves were discussed at emergency meetings of the Government’s Cobra security committee after Friday’s hijacks. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Iran it was choosing a “dangerous path” with its “totally unacceptable” actions in the Gulf. He said he had spoken to Iran’s foreign minister to voice his “extreme disappointment”. Last night Mr Hunt announced he had raised the maritime threat level to “level three” — or “critical.” The Tory leadership candidate is expected to use a Commons statement today to announce a package of diplomatic and economic measures. The UK could also push for EU and UN sanctions to be reimposed on the regime after they were lifted in 2016 as part of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. The UK and the EU have so far shown a willingness to help Iran ease the impact of sanctions reimposed by the US last year after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal. Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood today warned the Royal Navy is too small to protect British ships from Iran. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN WORLD NEWS” posts_category=”14″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He also threatened to freeze the country’s assets if it doesn’t release the UK tanker. Asked if the drastic move was being considered, Mr Ellwood said: “Cobra was taking place yesterday, so we’re looking at the operational responsibilities from that but, yes, we are going to be looking at a series of options.” Iran seized the ship after claiming it had ‘violated international maritime rules’ New footage showed members of the crew apparently unharmed Some can be seen working in the ship’s kitchen The crew have been captive on the ship since Friday The parents of Dijo Pappachan, a member of the ship’s crew, watch television news about the seizure at their home in Kochi, India Hatching plan . . at 4pm, IRG special forces on board a chopper inspect the Stena Impero, en route to Saudia Arabia with its 23 crew The armed troops prime their weapons and make final checks as they prepare to storm the British oil tanker below Soldiers abseil from a hovering helicopter while gunboats surrounding the Impero force it north towards Bandar Abbas We pay for your stories! 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22 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
STARTLING aerial photos of the British-flagged oil tanker seized by Tehran’s troops have emerged showing it being circled by a military speedboat. The images show the stricken Stena Impero next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas after it was dramatically seized in the Strait of Hormuz. The Stena Impero circled by an Iranian-manned speedboat in the Strait of Hormuz The British oil tanker was captured on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard They emerged hours after Jeremy Hunt vowed to protect ships in the Gulf with a Europe-wide naval task force as tensions with Iran continue to rise. Earlier, the first pictures emerged from inside the tanker captured on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. One image shows the captive crew huddled on the floor and surrounded by makeshift bedding. A pile of shoes can also be seen in the foreground. The picture was taken on Sunday and released by Fars News Agency, a news agency with close ties to the Iranian regime. Other images show an Iranian soldier patrolling one of the ship’s walkways, and the ship seen from a distance down the barrel of a rifle. Footage from Iranian state media showed the crew inside the ship, sat round a table talking and seemingly comfortable. Members can also be seen working in the ship’s kitchen and standing on what looks to be its bridge. [bc_video video_id=”6062601202001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Video of crew inside Brit oil tanker seized by Iran”] The Stena Impero is next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas A picture from on board the Stena Impero shows the crew of the ship after it was captured Armed members of the Revolutionary Guard patrol the ship on Sunday Footage from Iranian state media showed the crew gathered on board the ship Iran launched a gunboat and helicopter raid on the UK-registered ship last week, claiming the vessel had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings after hitting a fishing boat. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard later said on the country’s state television that the ship had been boarded for “violating international maritime rules”. But Stena Bulk, which owns the ship, said it was in “full compliance with all navigation and international regulations”. The move is widely assumed to have been a retaliation to the British seizure of an Iranian vessel off Gibraltar last week. The Iranian vessel was suspected of breaching an embargo on oil shipments to Syria, but Iran said at the time it would “not leave such evil deeds unanswered”. In a letter to the UN Security Council, the UK’s deputy permanent representative Jonathan Allen wrote that the British vessel had been in Omani waters with its transponder switched on when it was approached. They are seen sat round a table talking and seemingly comfortable Crew members can also be seen on what looks to be the ship’s bridge The ship seen from a distance down the barrel of a rifle Stena Bulk said Iranian authorities had told them the ship’s crew were in “good health” and being held at Iranian port Bandar Abbas. But in a further taunt to the Royal Navy, Iran last night hoisted an Iranian flag over the vessel. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called the seizure illegal and said that British shipping “must and will be protected”. Dramatic footage released on Saturday showed the moment Tehran troops abseiled onto the ship the night before. The clip is thought to have been filmed in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, where jet boats have been sailing around the British ship. It has also emerged Tehran wants to impose a “toll” on all ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, saying it would be used to “protect” the safety of the vessels. Any move to create a toll is likely to be met with hostility as a fifth of the world’s oil passes through the strait. On Saturday, state-funded Press TV published an article, entitled “From Piracy to Impotence”, criticising British activity in the Gulf. IF YOU OBEY, YOU WILL BE SAFE “Diplomatic spats aside, any objective review of the facts will not fail to recognise that in recent events in the Persian Gulf and the Gibraltar Strait, the UK has engaged in illegal, and destabilising, activities on at least three occasions,” it said. Audio has also emerged of radio exchanges before the seizure between Iranian armed forces and a nearby British warship, HMS Montrose. In the recording, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard can be heard telling the Impero: “If you obey, you will be safe. Alter course to 360 degrees immediately, over.” After that, HMS Montrose can be heard telling the ship’s crew: “This is British warship F236. “I reiterate, that as you are conducting transit passage in a recognised international strait, under international law your passage must not be impaired, impeded, obstructed or hampered.” The frigate then asks the Iranian vessel to confirm it is not “intending to violate international law” by attempting to board the tanker, in the recording obtained by security firm Dryad Global. Moments later, Iranian special forces stormed the ship by abseiling down from a helicopter. [bc_video video_id=”6062781977001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Donald Trump claims it is getting harder to make a deal with ‘lying’ Iran”] The Iranian flag was hoisted over seized British tanker Stena Impero An Iranian Revolutionary Guard jet boat sails around the seized British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in Bandar Abbas An Iranian soldier on a walkway on board the ship Penny Mordaunt, the defence secretary, said that HMS Montrose had been an hour away from the Impero, too far to physically stop the seizure. Montrose is the only warship Britain has in the Gulf to cover the 90-mile strait. However, the government has not arranged fixed times at which civilian vessels from the UK could sail through the Strait under the protection of the frigate, as it has done previously to guard against Somali pirates. It can also be revealed that in April Britain withdrew two Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters, which were based close by in Oman and provided surveillance of the Strait for hostile Iranian activity. It said at the time they were “no longer needed”. A nuclear-powered submarine and Royal Marine Commandos could now be sent to bolster Navy defences in the Gulf. GULF CRISIS The moves were discussed at emergency meetings of the Government’s Cobra security committee after Friday’s hijacks. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Iran it was choosing a “dangerous path” with its “totally unacceptable” actions in the Gulf. He said he had spoken to Iran’s foreign minister to voice his “extreme disappointment”. Last night Mr Hunt announced he had raised the maritime threat level to “level three” — or “critical.” The Tory leadership candidate is expected to use a Commons statement today to announce a package of diplomatic and economic measures. The UK could also push for EU and UN sanctions to be reimposed on the regime after they were lifted in 2016 as part of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. The UK and the EU have so far shown a willingness to help Iran ease the impact of sanctions reimposed by the US last year after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal. Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood today warned the Royal Navy is too small to protect British ships from Iran. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN WORLD NEWS” posts_category=”15″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He also threatened to freeze the country’s assets if it doesn’t release the UK tanker. Asked if the drastic move was being considered, Mr Ellwood said: “Cobra was taking place yesterday, so we’re looking at the operational responsibilities from that but, yes, we are going to be looking at a series of options.” Iran seized the ship after claiming it had ‘violated international maritime rules’ New footage showed members of the crew apparently unharmed Some can be seen working in the ship’s kitchen The crew have been captive on the ship since Friday The parents of Dijo Pappachan, a member of the ship’s crew, watch television news about the seizure at their home in Kochi, India Hatching plan . . at 4pm, IRG special forces on board a chopper inspect the Stena Impero, en route to Saudia Arabia with its 23 crew The armed troops prime their weapons and make final checks as they prepare to storm the British oil tanker below Soldiers abseil from a hovering helicopter while gunboats surrounding the Impero force it north towards Bandar Abbas We pay for your stories! 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22 Jul 19
The Sun
STARTLING aerial photos of the British-flagged oil tanker seized by Tehran’s troops have emerged showing it being circled by a military speedboat. The images show the stricken Stena Impero next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas after it was dramatically seized in the Strait of Hormuz. The Stena Impero circled by an Iranian-manned speedboat in the Strait of Hormuz The British oil tanker was captured on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard They emerged hours after Jeremy Hunt vowed to protect ships in the Gulf with a Europe-wide naval task force as tensions with Iran continue to rise. Earlier, the first pictures emerged from inside the tanker captured on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. One image shows the captive crew huddled on the floor and surrounded by makeshift bedding. A pile of shoes can also be seen in the foreground. The picture was taken on Sunday and released by Fars News Agency, a news agency with close ties to the Iranian regime. Other images show an Iranian soldier patrolling one of the ship’s walkways, and the ship seen from a distance down the barrel of a rifle. Footage from Iranian state media showed the crew inside the ship, sat round a table talking and seemingly comfortable. Members can also be seen working in the ship’s kitchen and standing on what looks to be its bridge. [bc_video video_id=”6062601202001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Video of crew inside Brit oil tanker seized by Iran”] The Stena Impero is next to the Iranian port town of Bandar Abbas A picture from on board the Stena Impero shows the crew of the ship after it was captured Armed members of the Revolutionary Guard patrol the ship on Sunday Footage from Iranian state media showed the crew gathered on board the ship Iran launched a gunboat and helicopter raid on the UK-registered ship last week, claiming the vessel had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings after hitting a fishing boat. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard later said on the country’s state television that the ship had been boarded for “violating international maritime rules”. But Stena Bulk, which owns the ship, said it was in “full compliance with all navigation and international regulations”. The move is widely assumed to have been a retaliation to the British seizure of an Iranian vessel off Gibraltar last week. The Iranian vessel was suspected of breaching an embargo on oil shipments to Syria, but Iran said at the time it would “not leave such evil deeds unanswered”. In a letter to the UN Security Council, the UK’s deputy permanent representative Jonathan Allen wrote that the British vessel had been in Omani waters with its transponder switched on when it was approached. They are seen sat round a table talking and seemingly comfortable Crew members can also be seen on what looks to be the ship’s bridge The ship seen from a distance down the barrel of a rifle Stena Bulk said Iranian authorities had told them the ship’s crew were in “good health” and being held at Iranian port Bandar Abbas. But in a further taunt to the Royal Navy, Iran last night hoisted an Iranian flag over the vessel. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called the seizure illegal and said that British shipping “must and will be protected”. Dramatic footage released on Saturday showed the moment Tehran troops abseiled onto the ship the night before. The clip is thought to have been filmed in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, where jet boats have been sailing around the British ship. It has also emerged Tehran wants to impose a “toll” on all ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, saying it would be used to “protect” the safety of the vessels. Any move to create a toll is likely to be met with hostility as a fifth of the world’s oil passes through the strait. On Saturday, state-funded Press TV published an article, entitled “From Piracy to Impotence”, criticising British activity in the Gulf. IF YOU OBEY, YOU WILL BE SAFE “Diplomatic spats aside, any objective review of the facts will not fail to recognise that in recent events in the Persian Gulf and the Gibraltar Strait, the UK has engaged in illegal, and destabilising, activities on at least three occasions,” it said. Audio has also emerged of radio exchanges before the seizure between Iranian armed forces and a nearby British warship, HMS Montrose. In the recording, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard can be heard telling the Impero: “If you obey, you will be safe. Alter course to 360 degrees immediately, over.” After that, HMS Montrose can be heard telling the ship’s crew: “This is British warship F236. “I reiterate, that as you are conducting transit passage in a recognised international strait, under international law your passage must not be impaired, impeded, obstructed or hampered.” The frigate then asks the Iranian vessel to confirm it is not “intending to violate international law” by attempting to board the tanker, in the recording obtained by security firm Dryad Global. Moments later, Iranian special forces stormed the ship by abseiling down from a helicopter. [bc_video video_id=”6062781977001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Donald Trump claims it is getting harder to make a deal with ‘lying’ Iran”] The Iranian flag was hoisted over seized British tanker Stena Impero An Iranian Revolutionary Guard jet boat sails around the seized British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in Bandar Abbas An Iranian soldier on a walkway on board the ship Penny Mordaunt, the defence secretary, said that HMS Montrose had been an hour away from the Impero, too far to physically stop the seizure. Montrose is the only warship Britain has in the Gulf to cover the 90-mile strait. However, the government has not arranged fixed times at which civilian vessels from the UK could sail through the Strait under the protection of the frigate, as it has done previously to guard against Somali pirates. It can also be revealed that in April Britain withdrew two Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters, which were based close by in Oman and provided surveillance of the Strait for hostile Iranian activity. It said at the time they were “no longer needed”. A nuclear-powered submarine and Royal Marine Commandos could now be sent to bolster Navy defences in the Gulf. GULF CRISIS The moves were discussed at emergency meetings of the Government’s Cobra security committee after Friday’s hijacks. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Iran it was choosing a “dangerous path” with its “totally unacceptable” actions in the Gulf. He said he had spoken to Iran’s foreign minister to voice his “extreme disappointment”. Last night Mr Hunt announced he had raised the maritime threat level to “level three” — or “critical.” The Tory leadership candidate is expected to use a Commons statement today to announce a package of diplomatic and economic measures. The UK could also push for EU and UN sanctions to be reimposed on the regime after they were lifted in 2016 as part of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. The UK and the EU have so far shown a willingness to help Iran ease the impact of sanctions reimposed by the US last year after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal. Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood today warned the Royal Navy is too small to protect British ships from Iran. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN WORLD NEWS” posts_category=”328″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He also threatened to freeze the country’s assets if it doesn’t release the UK tanker. Asked if the drastic move was being considered, Mr Ellwood said: “Cobra was taking place yesterday, so we’re looking at the operational responsibilities from that but, yes, we are going to be looking at a series of options.” Iran seized the ship after claiming it had ‘violated international maritime rules’ New footage showed members of the crew apparently unharmed Some can be seen working in the ship’s kitchen The crew have been captive on the ship since Friday The parents of Dijo Pappachan, a member of the ship’s crew, watch television news about the seizure at their home in Kochi, India Hatching plan . . at 4pm, IRG special forces on board a chopper inspect the Stena Impero, en route to Saudia Arabia with its 23 crew The armed troops prime their weapons and make final checks as they prepare to storm the British oil tanker below Soldiers abseil from a hovering helicopter while gunboats surrounding the Impero force it north towards Bandar Abbas We pay for your stories! 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22 Jul 19
THE DUMBARTON DEMOCRAT

Naval Base on red alert. Tehran will not be happy with the foreign secretary’s announcement of the UK’s bid to form a European-led maritime force.

22 Jul 19
AFROINSIDER

Published on 22.07.2019 at 22h54 by AFP The man behind the dramatic audio of Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf says the episode played out over a chaotic 20-40 minutes while a UK warship raced in from an hour away — too far to be of any help. The HMS Montrose “really […]

22 Jul 19
The Night Watchman

Britain Mulls Sending Nuclear Sub to Gulf After Iran Swipes Tanker July 22 2019. PNW British foreign secretary says he will announce measures after Iran seized two British oil tankers. A U.K. nuclear-powered submarine along with Royal Marine Commandos could be dispatched to reinforce British naval forces in the Gulf in the aftermath of Iran’s […]