The Government have stated that they have no plans to send Royal Marines to protect British commercial vessels in the Middle East.
Attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz have ratcheted up tensions in the Gulf in recent weeks.
Nia Griffith, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, asked in a Parliamentary written question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether her Department plans to send a Royal Marines task group to the (a) Persian Gulf and (b) the Strait of Hormuz to protect British commercial vessels.”
Mark Lancaster, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, said:
“We have a permanent presence in the Gulf in support of the strong bilateral relations across the region and the UK National Strategy for Maritime Security. We have no plans to send a Royal Marines task group but will continue with the existing exercise programme and deployment of Short Term Training Teams.”
The United States has said it will deploy 1,000 more troops to the region, in addition to the 1,500 it had announced in late May.