Published time: 10 Jul, 2019 23:46 Edited time: 10 Jul, 2019 23:55
Five armed Iranian military vessels have allegedly approached a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf requesting the vessel to change course and dock, but were scared off by a UK warship, a US defense official claimed.
The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday when the tanker British Heritage was sailing through the narrow Strait of Hormuz, anonymous government officials told CNN and Reuters. The boats, apparently belonging to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, allegedly requested the British vessel to change course and enter Iranian territorial waters.
The report named the warship as HMS Montrose, a British frigate last seen escorting the tanker Pacific Voyager to the UAE port of Fujairah on Monday.Also on rt.com Freedom of piracy: US seeks allies to outsource hunt for Iranian oil tankers
The BP-operated Heritage was bound for Basra in Iraq, but made an abrupt U-turn in the Persian Gulf on July 6, after Royal Marines had seized a Panamanian-flagged tanker carrying Iranian oil off Gibraltar. The British tanker was last reported sheltering in Saudi waters out of fear of a possible Iranian reprisal.
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