UK warship HMS Kent set sail for the Persian Gulf on Monday August 12th to join the US-led mission protecting commercial shipping vessels in the region.
The deployment was first announced last month and will see the Kent relieve HMS Duncan, which is already working in the region.
The UK has joined the US in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday accused the US of turning the region into a “matchbox ready to ignite because America and its allies are flooding it with weapons”. He said that the Gulf waterway was narrow and that it would “become less safe as foreign vessels increase their presence in it”.
Andy Brown, HMS Kent commanding officer, said that “our focus in the Gulf remains firmly one of de-escalating the current tensions. But we are committed to upholding freedom of navigation and reassuring international shipping, which this deployment on operations aims to do.” in the Gulf