The UK Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender (D36) will join the efforts to support the safe passage of shipping in the Middle East, the service announced.
The UK Government confirmed earlier this month that the Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, as part of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC). HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, remains stationed in the region and has so far completed more than 30 transits of the Strait.
Portsmouth-based HMS Defender will ensure the continuous availability of a ship to reassure and accompany merchant vessels.
HMS Defender sailed from Portsmouth on 12 August 2019, alongside HMS Kent. Both Defender and Kent will now work alongside international partners as part of the newly-formed International Maritime Security Construct.