July 16, 2019 / 4:24 PM / a month ago

Britain plans additional warship presence in Gulf

FILE PHOTO - British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan (D37) sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will send a third warship to the Persian Gulf, though the move is not related to the current Iran crisis, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Tuesday.

The MoD said HMS Duncan, a type 45 frigate, is transiting to the region to ensure Britain maintains a continuous maritime security presence while HMS Montrose, a type 23 frigate, undertakes planned maintenance.

Later in the year, HMS Kent, another type 23 frigate, will deploy to the region, taking over from HMS Duncan.

It said that support ship RFA Wave Knight will deploy to the Gulf at the start of August.

“These long-planned movements do not reflect an escalation in the UK posture in the region and are routine,” the MoD added.

Reporting by James Davey; editing by Kate Holton

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