Britain plans to send third warship to Persian Gulf, says move not related to current Iran crisis 

British warship HMS Montrose Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 17, 2019, 09.28 AM (IST)

Britain will send a third warship to the Persian Gulf to maintain continuous maritime security presence, news agency Reuters reported quoting Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Tuesday.

The move is not related to the current Iran crisis, MoD added. 

The MoD said HMS Duncan, a type 45 frigate, is transiting to the region to ensure Britain maintains a continuous maritime security presence while HMS Montrose, a type 23 frigate, undertakes planned maintenance.

Later in the year, HMS Kent, another type 23 frigate, will deploy to the region, taking over from HMS Duncan, the report added.

It said that support ship RFA Wave Knight will deploy to the Gulf at the start of August.

"These long-planned movements do not reflect an escalation in the UK posture in the region and are routine," the MoD added.

Earlier Britain deployed warships HMS Duncan and HMS Montrose in the region amid growing tension with Iran.

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The MoD said HMS Duncan, a type 45 frigate, is transiting to the region to ensure Britain maintains a continuous maritime security presence while HMS Montrose, a type 23 frigate, undertakes planned maintenance.