Britain Seeks EU-Led Naval Force for Persian Gulf

Apparently even Jeremy Hunt not crazy enough to want to subordinate British ships to Americans after all

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced on Monday that his nation’s response to the capture of an oil tanker is that they will seek to form a multi-national naval force to ensure freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is the same anti-Iran proposal the US has been pushing all month, except while the US envisioned US officials controlling the fleet, Britain says it will be a European-led fleet

While Hunt said he had spoken to several FMs about the plan, he did not indicate if the plan had found any takers. The very similar US plan, after all, has been consistently rejected, as most nations see no threat to their own ships, and don’t want to get sucked into other nations’ escalation against Iran.

Britain may hope that it’s current status as an EU member nation will open more doors for them in launching such a program, but since they’re one foot out the door of the EU, it’s not clear how much sway they will retain on that account.

Britain’s tit-for-tat tanker seizures with Iran are likely to be seen as Britain’s problem more than the rest of the world’s problem, and other nations are probably noting that their tankers seem to remain untouched as it is, and that they don’t need a naval escort.


  1. DarkEyes says

    He was IMO the instigator of stealing the iranian oiltanker on the high seas.
    And “Britain rules the Waves” again.
    To increase the chance to become PM of Britiain after such a “powerful and manly deed”.

    The person is not only a looser he is also IMO corrupt like a real politician.

  2. Séamus Ó Néill says

    Hasn’t that pea-brained “American plaything” done enough damage to Britain’s non- existent world standing ….thing is Jeremy, you’re an American stooge, and you’re on your own, your mess…your cleanup!

  3. John C Carleton says

    The Rat’s “British Navy”, best keep their row boats where they can rush out into the English channel, save the Brits from those Russian Warships which transit the channels now and again.

    The Persian Gulf is a VERY long way from the little has been Britain.

    1. DarkEyes says

      With warm seawater which can suddenly stop the ship’s engines.
      Can you imagine the Iranians nicking a britsh warboat?
      I can see this image clearly before me.

  4. Kjeith says

    “Oh Hello foreign minister Jeremy Hunt here. I’m on record as saying I will exit the EU without a deal, even if it destroys the UK economy, because that is preferable to remaining in the EU..
    But, um that aside, I need you to send your ships through Iranian territorial waters to protect our British tankers, just in case the Iranians decide to arrest another one, like we did to them, which caused the problem in the first place.
    My bad, but I take it I can rely on your support in this grave matter of international security?” Click, buzzz…
    “Hello? HellO?”

    1. Richard Hollembeak says

      They have made their bed , now they need to sleep in it .

  5. CHUCKMAN says

    I should hope that about sums it up.

    A rational analysis.

    But in today’s world, all bets are off on rational.

    The American and the British efforts towards Iran are anything but rational.

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