January 4, 2020 / 8:07 PM / 18 days ago

Britain's navy to accompany UK-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz

LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Britain’s navy will accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection after the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani by U.S. forces.

Defence minister Ben Wallace said he had ordered the warships HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to prepare to return to escort duties for all ships sailing under a British merchant flag.

“The government will take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time,” he said. (Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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