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Eleazar 09:21 PM 07-10-2019
Five Iranian boats 'try to seize British oil tanker' – forcing Royal Navy to 'train weapons and warn them to back off'

Neal Baker
11 Jul 2019, 0:37Updated: 11 Jul 2019, 3:50



FIVE Iranian boats reportedly tried to seize a British oil tanker off Iran yesterday - forcing a Royal Navy frigate to train its weapons on them. Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard tried to take control of the vessel as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz - sparking a tense standoff in the Persian Gulf, US officials said. But the HMS Montrose quickly trained its 30mm deck guns on the enemy fleet and warned them off, they added.

The British Heritage tanker was being escorted through the flashpoint region by the Montrose amid feverish tensions between Iran and the West. But the Navy frigate was scrambled into action when the rival boats reportedly approached the oil tanker and demanded it change course into Iranian waters.

According to the anonymous officials, the Montrose came up from the rear of the tanker and aimed its fierce weapons at the Iranians - before issuing a verbal warning to get away. The Royal Navy HMS Montrose, which was also there, pointed it guns at the boats and warned them over radio, at which point they dispersed

One of the officials said: "The Royal Navy HMS Montrose, which was also there, pointed it guns at the boats and warned them over radio, at which point they dispersed." The other added: "It was harassment and an attempt to interfere with the passage."

A US aircraft was flying overhead at the time and recorded footage of the standoff, the officials said.

The Sun Online has contacted the Ministry of Defence for comment.


TANKER SPOOKED DAYS EARLIER

Responding to the reports, US Central Command spokesman Cpt Bill Urban said: "Threats to international freedom of navigation require an international solution. "The world economy depends on the free flow of commerce, and it is incumbent on all nations to protect and preserve this linchpin of global prosperity."

UK defence officials have previously confirmed that the Montrose had been deployed to the region to perform a "maritime security role." The British Heritage ship - operated by BP - earlier made an “abrupt” u-turn and returned to the safety of Saudi Arabia’s coastline on Sunday.

It had been heading to Iraq’s Basrah terminal when satellite trackers showed it mysteriously changing course.


COMMANDO RAID

The attempted capture comes just days after British Royal Marines seized an Iranian crude oil supertanker off Gibraltar. Commandos dramatically detained the Grace 1 tanker over suspicions it was carrying oil to its ally Syria in violation of EU sanctions last week. Iran later issued a chilling threat of retaliation for last Thursday's daring raid.

President Hassan Rouhani warned on Wednesday that the UK will suffer "consequences" for its actions. He said: "I tell the British that they are the initiator of insecurity and you will understand its consequences later."

And Iran's Major General Mohammad Bagheri warned the seizure of the Grace 1 "will not go unanswered".



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ClevelandBronco 09:58 PM 07-10-2019
Wow. Totally elite move there, Revolutionary Guard.
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patteeu 10:01 PM 07-10-2019
That's a pretty provocative move. Iran wants trouble.
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BucEyedPea 10:05 PM 07-10-2019
Since Trump didn't play by Boltonís appointed Gulf of Tonkin script on the latest manufactured Gulf crisis the past few weeks, guess the Brits are being used for more incidents. I said more would be coming.
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Eleazar 10:06 PM 07-10-2019
Originally Posted by patteeu:
That's a pretty provocative move. Iran wants trouble.
Don't worry, the planes are probably in the air right now for the air strike Trump will fake call off in 10 minutes :-)
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GloryDayz 10:20 PM 07-10-2019
BEP would defend these Iranians, to the death...


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Reerun_KC 10:29 PM 07-10-2019
Originally Posted by Eleazar:
I'd prefer no one, but if we had to have someone I would prefer someone with a > 3rd grade understanding of foreign policy :-)
I prefer someone that draws red lines.
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Discuss Thrower 10:33 PM 07-10-2019
Originally Posted by Eleazar:
I'd prefer no one, but if we had to have someone I would prefer someone with a > 3rd grade understanding of foreign policy :-)
I'd love to hear about how Dubya was the paragon of international relationship managing.
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BucEyedPea 10:44 PM 07-10-2019
Originally Posted by Megatron96:
Obviously the British expected something, since they had a warship within minutes of their tanker.
Of course they did, that's why they seized an Iranian tanker last week.
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Reerun_KC 10:56 PM 07-10-2019
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
Of course they did, that's why they seized an Iranian tanker last week.
Free oil!
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Over Yonder 11:06 PM 07-10-2019
Originally Posted by Eleazar:
Nobody on earth wants Donald Trump leading a country in wartime
I'm on record here as to believing Iran needs slapped around. Under Trump, I hope we don't even get into a bottle rocket fight with a kid down the street.

He has done a lot of things that have benefited America on the whole, but he has shit the bed so bad with Iran...... man, I dunno:-)

This thread is why Cosmo commented on my old post in the other thread. Thought it kinda odd, but commented anyways. Now I get it :-)
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vailpass 11:07 PM 07-10-2019
Speedboats and pop guns. That Iranian navy is a bad mother trucker.
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Iowanian 11:14 PM 07-10-2019
At some point soon, someone is going to sink some boats.

I'd prefer it be the brits
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vailpass 11:20 PM 07-10-2019
Originally Posted by Iowanian:
At some point soon, someone is going to sink some boats.

I'd prefer it be the brits
^
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Iowanian 11:23 PM 07-10-2019
These Frankie's mothers can only pull their aggressive shit so much before someone shows them the pimp hand.

Things are going well enough here now, with an election coming up it's better for everyone if we aren't throwing the first punch. Iran definitely acts like the drunk kid at the bar though.
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vailpass 11:39 PM 07-10-2019
Originally Posted by Iowanian:
These Frankie's mothers can only pull their aggressive shit so much before someone shows them the pimp hand.

Things are going well enough here now, with an election coming up it's better for everyone if we aren't throwing the first punch. Iran definitely acts like the drunk kid at the bar though.
All of this. Let the Brits knock them down and we'll see if anyone on the crazy country list wants to step in the shit on behalf of Iran knowing their big brother Uncle Sam is standing behind them. The world would be a much better place if every member of Iran's government committed a Clinton suicide tomorrow.
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