Strait of Hormuz: Patrol Craft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 1 June 2023.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to increase defensive patrols in and around the Strait of Hormuz following the undertaking by the United States’ National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on 12 May to seek to increase co-ordination and interoperability of the International Maritime Security construct and European Maritime awareness in the Strait of Hormuz.

Photo of Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK currently commands the International Maritime Security Construct, which provides an immediate response to the threat in the Persian Gulf by providing reassurance to commercial shipping and maintaining the security of the maritime commons.

In addition, the UK demonstrates our commitment to freedom of navigation through the deployment of HMS LANCASTER, a Type 23 Frigate, which regularly patrols the Gulf of Oman and through the Strait of Hormuz.

Alongside the US, the UK is currently increasing defensive maritime patrols in the Strait of Hormuz to provide additional security for maritime commerce in the region.

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