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Accidental Hormuz Clash Is Bigger Risk Than Closure, PFC Says

January 16, 2012

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- An accidental collision between navies amassed in the Strait of Hormuz poses a more likely security risk than Iran delivering on threats to close the waterway, according to PFC Energy Inc.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps will hold large-scale exercises in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf next month as tensions mount between the country and the U.S. and European allies over Iran’s nuclear program. A U.S. navy aircraft carrier passed through the Strait of Hormuz on Dec. 27 on routine transit, according to the U.S. 5th Fleet. The U.K.’s Royal Navy said Jan. 9 it’s deploying one of its most modern destroyers, HMS Daring, to the region.

“It’s a pretty small area, and the potential for an Iranian speedboat to bump up against a U.S. vessel is increased,” said Jamie Webster, an analyst at the consultants in Washington. “That potential is where you’ve got the real risk in Hormuz, not a shutting down but an inadvertent confrontation.”

--Editors: Raj Rajendran, Rachel Graham.

To contact the reporter on this story: Grant Smith in London at gsmith52@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net


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