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    Second UK warship arrives in the Straits of Hormuz

    HMS Duncan in the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping route in the Gulf (Ministry of Defense photo)

    In the continuing story of Iran vs. The World, a second British Navy warship has arrived in the Persian Gulf to accompany British shipping through the Strait of Hormuz. And of course, Iran protests this as a violation of some sort, but hasn’t yet sent out any of their speedboats to intimidate the Royal Navy’s sailors.

    A second warship has arrived in the Strait of Hormuz to protect British ships in the strategic waterway, as the Foreign Secretary urged Iran to “come out of the dark” and release a British-flagged tanker it detained there two weeks ago.

    The Ministry of Defence said that Royal Navy vessel HMS Duncan arrived over the weekend and will work with frigate HMS Montrose in accompanying merchant vessels to “secure this essential route.”

    Iran has previously slammed the move as “provocative”, criticising a wider British proposal to create a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf. – article

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    From the article: Speaking to Sky News, Raab said that if Iran wants to “come out of the dark and be accepted as a responsible member of the international community” it must follow international rules.

    “You cannot go about detaining unlawfully foreign vessels,” he said.

    Raab’s comments come after a second Royal Navy warship arrived in the Gulf to protect British ships.

    The HMS Duncan destroyer joined the frigate HMS Montrose on July 28 to escort vessels sailing under the British flag through the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping line that connects the Gulf and the Arabian Sea.

    “Merchant ships must be free to travel lawfully and trade safely, anywhere in the world,” Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said. “While we continue to push for a diplomatic resolution that will make this possible again without military accompaniment, the Royal Navy will continue to provide a safeguard for U.K. vessels until this is the reality.” – article

    Currently, there are two Iranian cargo ships that have been hanging loose at Brazil’s ports, waiting to get grain back to Iran.

    They are loaded with corn (maize) and have had to be refueled at the order of the Brazilian court system.

    From the article: The Brazilian state-owned oil company has been refusing to refuel the Iranian vessels for several weeks due to the implications of U.S. sanctions that could expose it to penalties.

    The two vessels, named Bavand and Termeh, were carrying 110,000 tons of maize to Iran. Iran is a major buyer of Brazilian corn, with $1.09 billion exported to Iran out of the $3.91 billion exported in total. – article

    However, once they were refueled, they decided to head home with their cargo, without let or hindrance from either the USA or Brazil.

    From the article: The port administrator said the ship Termeh left at about noon, headed to another Brazilian port where it would be loaded with corn. The Bavand, which already has its cargo, was set to leave for Iran on Saturday night. The journey home takes about 30 days, the administrator said. – article

    Chess? Nope, poker. Britain has raised and may choose to call. The USA is holding, right now. Iran? Well, we’ll see who blinks.
    I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. — THOMAS JEFFERSON (1791)

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    this oughtta be fun. russia and iran are to hold joint military excersizes there soon.

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    I wonder why I'm thinking that there are aircraft carriers on their way even as I type this?

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    The British Navy established a sorry record in their little war with Argentina (?). I hope they've learned how to build war ships since then.

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