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British Destroyer Despatched to Gulf to Bolster Safety

Britain on Thursday introduced that it was sending certainly one of its most superior naval vessels to the Gulf to shore up its presence within the area.

The HMS Diamond, a Kind 45 destroyer, will conduct operations to make sure freedom of navigation, reassure service provider vessels, and make sure the protected stream of commerce, the protection ministry mentioned.

“It’s important that the UK bolsters our presence within the area, to maintain Britain and our pursuits protected from a extra risky and contested world,” mentioned Defence Secretary Grant Shapps.

The deployment follows the outbreak of battle between Israel and Hamas and the seizure of an Israeli-linked cargo vessel by Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthis within the Pink Sea on November 19.

The Houthis have launched a collection of drone and missile strikes focusing on Israel since Hamas militants poured over the border into Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 folks, principally civilians, and kidnapping about 240.

The ministry mentioned round 50 massive service provider ships every day go via the Bab-el-Mandeb, connecting the Pink Sea to the Gulf of Aden, whereas round 115 main service provider ships go via the Strait of Hormuz.

The waters of the Gulf, it mentioned, are important routes for service provider delivery, together with for tankers carrying a lot of the UK’s provide of liquefied pure gasoline.

Royal Navy vessels have been completely deployed to the area since 1980 and since 2011 have fallen beneath “Operation Kipion,” the identify used for the UK’s maritime presence within the Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

“At this time’s deployment will strengthen the Royal Navy’s patrols, assist to maintain important commerce routes open and show that our dedication to regional safety not solely endures however enhances,” Shapps mentioned.

The vessel will be part of the frigate HMS Lancaster which deployed to the area final yr, in addition to three mine hunters and a assist ship.