UK joins US in mission to protect oil tankers in Gulf

No other European countries have signed up to US-led mission to ‘uphold international navigation’

Britain is to join with the US in a naval mission to protect oil tankers in the Gulf from seizure by Iran, as London shifted away from plans for a European-led mission that had been proposed by former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The announcement by Boris Johnson’s government will see the UK will supply two Royal Navy ships in the Gulf alongside two US warships, with Hunt’s successor urging other countries to join in.

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