The United Kingdom will send elite forces to the Gulf of Oman to protect its warships amid rising tensions with Iran, according to The Sunday Times.
The US blames Iran for torpedo bombing oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. The US has footage of Iranian soldiers removing an unexploded mine from the side of a ship that failed to explode – in an effort to hide evidence.
The strait of Hormuz provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world’s most strategically important choke points.[ On the north coast lies Iran, and on the south coast the United Arab Emirates.
A massive percent of the world’s oil passes through the strait making any kind of Iranian ‘games’ extremely serious.
One hundred Royal Marines are expected to be deployed “within weeks” to join naval ships operating from the U.K.’s new naval base in Bahrain, The Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed military sources.
Politico reports the Marines will police the strait from helicopters and smaller boats, in a “force protection” mission that has been planned for several weeks due to rising tensions with Iran, according to the newspaper.