HMS Brocklesby, HMS Montrose, HMS Penzance and HMS Shoreham recently conducted a freedom of navigation patrol in the Persian Gulf.
Commodore Dean Bassett, UK Maritime Component Commander, tweeted the following:
Protecting freedom of navigation in the region, 24/7, 365 days a year.@HMSBrocklesby, @HMSMontrose, @HMSPenzance, and @HMSShoreham working together on a recent #maritime #security patrol.@RoyalNavy @DefenceOps pic.twitter.com/3FZaOgelpV
— Commodore Dean Bassett (@UKMCCMiddleEast) January 16, 2021
What are freedom of navigation operations?
‘Freedom of navigation operations’ are designed to reinforce internationally-recognised rights and freedoms by challenging excessive maritime claims. The particulars of each operation are determined by the excessive maritime claim that is being protested.
What is the British presence in the region for?
In 2019, our reporter Henry Jones spent a week in the Middle East, including two days onboard RFA Cardigan Bay in the Persian Gulf.
As well as a visit to HMS Montrose and HMS Shoreham, he reported on the continued British presence in an increasingly volatile region.
Commander Simon Cox, the Commander UK Mine Counter Measures Force, discussed the purpose:
“We provide confidence for the world markets to continue to supply their trade”, adding, with a cheery smile, “For us, it’s normal business.”
You can read more about the British presence by visiting the link above.