Australia will join the United Kingdom and the United States in patrolling the Strait of Hormuz.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has agreed to dispatch troops and a P-8A will be in the region for one month before the end of the year.
“The government has been concerned with incidents involving shipping in the Strait of Hormuz over the past few months,” the statement said.
“This destabilizing behavior is a threat to Australian interests in the region.”
“We have been working closely with our allies and partners, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom, on this issue, which impacts global security and stability. Freedom of navigation through international waters is a fundamental right of all states under international law,” the statement continued.
“The United States is pulling this together, but it’s also the UK’s view that this provides the opportunity for others to be involved in a multi-national engagement,” Morrison said, adding that he talked with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before the announcement.
The United Kingdom already has assets in the region, including a frigate and a destroyer, with another vessel on the way.