Five ships, allegedly belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, tried to block and seize the British oil tanker British Heritage at its exit from the Persian Gulf to the Strait of Hormuz. CNN reported.
According to American sources of the channel, the Iranian Navy demanded that the tanker change course and stop in the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic. According to CNN, the US air force aircraft led from the air video of the incident.
The threat of a frigate
The tanker was escorted by the frigate of the Royal Navy of Great Britain Montrose armed with anti-ship missiles and 30-mm anti-aircraft artillery. He sent guns to the Iranian ships and sent them a warning by radio, after which “they retreated,” said a source Reuters. Official confirmation of this information from the British Foreign Ministry has not yet been received.
One-third of the world’s oil transported by sea passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on May 12 and June 12. The US has blamed Iran for what happened. Tehran denies involvement in these incidents.
About a week ago, the authorities of British Gibraltar detained the supertanker Grace 1, carrying crude oil to Syria. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised on July 10 that London would be responsible for the seizure of this Iranian tanker.