UK ships in Gulf on high alert after Royal Navy trains guns on Iranian vessels

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British ships operating in the Gulf have been put on the highest state of alert amid fears that UK-flagged commercial vessels are exposed to attack by Iranian gunboats.

The change in guidance from the British government, changing the alert to Level 3, was made on Tuesday, a day before a Royal Navy warship trained its guns on Iranian gunboats that tried to disrupt the passage of an Isle of man-flagged vessel. Level 3 is described as equivalent to the domestic security classification of critical in which there is an imminent risk of an incident.

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