The Royal Navy Rushed to Stop Iran Seizing British Tanker but Arrived Ten Minutes Too Late: Britain’s Ministry of Defense Releases Photos of Frigate Warding Off Iranian Speedboats in Another Incident Amid Criticism of Strategy

A Royal Navy warship raced to help a British oil tanker that was captured by Iran last night but arrived ten minutes too late, a defence source revealed today. HMS Montrose, which was patrolling the Persian Gulf, was forced to do a U-turn when it received orders to assist the UK-flagged Stena Impero, which had been seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz. The Ministry of Defence released this photo of HMS Montrose warding off Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats (circled) which harassed the UK-flagged tanker British Heritage on July 10. It comes after critics questioned why last night’s oil tankers were not escorted by warships amid ongoing tensions with Iran. Iran has been warned it faces ‘serious consequences’ after the government held an emergency COBRA meeting following the seizure of two British oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt branded Tehran’s actions as ‘completely unacceptable’ after heavily-armed gunships intercepted the Stena Impero (left) and the Medsar after 4pm yesterday. Fears were raised that the Iranian authorities were trying to seize a UK ship in retaliation for the detention of the Grace 1 tanker. The Iranian ship was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, officially because it was suspected of violating EU sanctions by carrying a cargo of crude oil destined for Syria. But it is thought the tanker was detained after a US request as part of its crackdown on Iran.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail