HMS Kent Deploys to Persian Gulf

August 12, 2019 – Portsmouth-based warships HMS Kent and HMS Defender today left their homeport to embark on operations to the Gulf and Asia Pacific respectively. Type 23 frigate HMS Kent will relieve HMS Duncan of her duties in the Gulf and is scheduled to work alongside US partners as part of the newly-formed International Maritime Security Construct. She will be focused on providing regional maritime security, including counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activities. She will also work alongside HMS Montrose to escort British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz. Commander Andy…

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UK Reaffirms Persian Gulf Commitment

August 5, 2019 – The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf. The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf by playing a leading role in a new international maritime security mission, announced today. The mission will see the Royal Navy working alongside the US navy to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. Events in the Gulf over the last four months, including attacks on four tankers…

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HMS Duncan Arrives in Persian Gulf

July 28, 2019 – Royal Navy vessel HMS DUNCAN has arrived in the Gulf, where she will support the safe passage of British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz along with HMS MONTROSE. Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and the Government has committed to doing all it can to defend it. Last week the Government confirmed that the Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait, to provide reassurance to the shipping industry. The Type 45 Destroyer, HMS…

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Indian Navy Executes OP Sankalp

June 20, 2019 – Indian Navy has deployed, in the Gulf of Oman, to re-assure Indian Flagged Vessels operating/ transiting through Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman following the maritime security incidents in the region. IN Ships Chennai and Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake Maritime Security operations. In addition, aerial surveillance by IN aircraft is also being undertaken in the area. The Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region which was launched by the IN in December 2018 at Gurugram, is…

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HMAS Newcastle Makes Farewell Visit to Namesake

June 17, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle has sailed into her namesake city for the final time after 25 years of faithful service, steaming more than 900,000 miles and gaining battle honors in East Timor, the Solomon Islands and the Persian Gulf. Newcastle’s arrival also marks the completion of the final overseas deployment by an Adelaide class guided missile frigate, which have formed the backbone of Navy operations for almost 40 years. Newcastle was the last of the Adelaide Class frigates commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy and was the last…

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India & France ASW Exercise Varuna 19.2

May 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 22 to 25 May 2019, the Varuna 19.2 anti-submarine warfare exercise brought together a Navy attack submarine (SNA) of the French Navy currently deployed in the Indian Ocean and an Indian Navy submarine. . Organized under the operational control of ALINDIEN, this exercise was an opportunity to strengthen our capabilities for joint action in a critical and strategic area while demonstrating the high level of interoperability achieved. This major training has accumulated more than 35 hours of submarine combat. The higher level exercises…

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HMS Montrose Departs for Three Year Deployment to Bahrain

October 26, 2018 – HMS Montrose is preparing to become the Royal Navy’s first frigate to provide an enduring presence in the Gulf as part of the UK’s commitment to security in the Middle East. The Plymouth-based warship will not see the shores of the UK again for more than three years when she deploys on Monday (29 Oct 18), although her ship’s company will rotate in spring 2019. This forward-deployment serves two purposes – to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to maritime security in the Gulf while also ensuring those…

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UK Defence Minister Reaffirms UK Commitment to Persian Gulf

October 5, 2018 – Gulf security is our security, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster reaffirmed whilst visiting Iraq, Bahrain and Oman. As part of the five-day visit, the minister also officially opened the UK-Oman joint exercise, Saif Sareea 3, alongside Oman’s Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harub Al Busaidi. Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said, “The security of the Gulf is of the utmost importance to not only regional stability, but to the world’s economic stability. “Our commitment to our international responsibilities in the region…

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HMS Dragon leaves Portsmouth for Persian Gulf

September 18, 2018 – Portsmouth based HMS Dragon left her homeport today to embark on an operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. The Type 45 destroyer is scheduled to work alongside coalition and regional partners throughout her time away. She will be focused on providing regional maritime security, including counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activities. Commander Michael Carter-Quinn, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon, said, “Today’s departure on operations has been achieved through the hard work and support of my ship’s company, their families and the wider defense enterprise in ensuring that we…

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RFA Fort Rosalie Joins Theodore Roosevelt CSG

Personnel from RFA Fort Rosalie were welcomed aboard their American equivalent as the Naval Service vessel joined a US task group in the Gulf. Following her operations with the Royal Australian Navy, Fort Rosalie is now supporting the US Navy’s Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group. Seven of Fort Rosalie’s ship’s company flew from their ship by US MH-60 Seahawk helicopter to the USNS Matthew Perry for a two-day visit. The trip enabled personnel to get first-hand knowledge of how the US Military Sealift Command ship operates her helicopters, flight deck…

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