Royal Navy fends off Iranian seizure of British oil tanker in Persian Gulf

The Royal Navy has fended off the attempted seizure of a British oil tanker by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, in an apparent tit-for-tat response to the arrest of one of Iran's own vessels.

The British Heritage, owned by BP Shipping and registered to the Isle of Man, was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats.
The Iranians ordered the vessel to stop in nearby Iranian territorial waters, citing two US officials with direct knowledge of the incident. A US aircraft flying overhead filmed the incident, the broadcaster said.

The Guards boats withdrew after HMS Montrose, a Royal Navy frigate which had been escorting the tanker, aimed its guns on the Iranians and warned them to move away.


By: nomore123 (12029.20)

Tags: News

Location: Iran