Iran has vowed ‘repercussion’ against the UK after Gibraltar police detained an oil tanker bound for Syria
Britain will send a second warship to the Gulf in an effort to bolster its security presence in the region as tensions continue to escalate with Iran.
Sky News reported on Friday that the British Royal Navy will send the HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, to the Gulf in the coming days.
The decision comes as a crisis with the Islamic Republic continues to deepen after the UK detained an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar on July 4.
Local police believed the Iranian vessel was bound for Syria, breaching EU sanctions.
The situation continued to deteriorate on Wednesday after the UK claimed that three Iranian boats attempted to “impede the passage” of a commercial vessel called British Heritage, owned by British energy giant BP.
This led a British warship moving between the three boats and warning them off, UK defense ministry officials said.
Gibraltar police later arrested the captain and chief officer of the Iranian oil tanker in an move Tehran said would have “repercussions.”
i24NEWS reports that the arrests were made following a “protracted search of the vessel, where documents and electronic devices have been seized and examined,” police said, adding that the tanker remains impounded as an investigation continues.