HMS Kent has been sent to the Strait of Hormuz to protect British shipping (Image: GETTY)
HMS Kent will take over duties from HMS Duncan and accompany HMS Montrose in the region. The vessel is a Type 23 Duke class frigate and was the first ship to enter naval service in the 21st Century. HMS Kent’s captain Commander Andy Brown said: “Today's departure on operations has been achieved through the hard work and support of the ship's company, their families and the wider defence enterprise.
“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.”
The Daily Star reports HMS Kent will join an international task forces with the US and Israel.
HMS Kent possesses a 4.5inch (11.43cm) naval gun and can carry a helicopter.
A Navy spokesman said: “Type 23 frigate HMS Kent will relieve HMS Duncan of her duties in the Gulf and is scheduled to work alongside US partners as part of the newly-formed international maritime security construct.