HMS Duncan will join HMS Montrose in the Persian Gulf (Image: GETTY)
The new deployment will be for HMS Duncan, a Daring class destroyer. It will join HMS Montrose which is already in the region protecting cargo vessels and oil tankers. HMS Montrose was the ship that came to the rescue of BP tanker British Heritage after it had its passage impeded by five Iranian Revolutionary Guards ships.
HMS Duncan will arrive in the region at some point next week after it completes NATO exercises in the Baltic Sea.
The UK has also sent elite Special Boat Service operatives to the region who are specialised in hunting and removing mines.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has used tensions with Tehran to call for doubling defence spending: “We take maritime security very seriously.
“It is our primary responsibility to protect British shipping.
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HMS Duncan before being launched in Govan (Image: GETTY)
“This is a situation that is changing every hour, but we are reacting to what is happening in a clear and very measured way.”
The Ministry of