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U.K. Deploys Warship to Persian Gulf in ‘Routine’ Replacement

January 09, 2012

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s Royal Navy said it’s deploying one of its most modern destroyers, HMS Daring, to the Persian Gulf in a “long planned” and “routine” replacement of another ship.

The move is not in reaction to developments in relation to Iran, a navy spokesman, who declined to be identified in line with government policy, said in a telephone interview today, confirming a report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Iran has threatened to close the strategically important Straits of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions over its nuclear program. The EU is discussing imposing a ban in Iranian oil imports when foreign ministers meet on Jan. 30.

“The Royal Navy has had a continuous presence East of Suez for many years, including the Armilla patrol and its successors since 1980,” the Ministry of Defense said in an e-mailed statement. “While the newly operational Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring is more capable than earlier ships, her deployment East of Suez has been long planned, is entirely routine and replaces a frigate on station.”

--Editors: Eddie Buckle, Andrew Atkinson

To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Penny in London at tpenny@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net


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