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British navy to accompany UK-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz

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Britain’s navy will accompany UK-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz in order to defend freedom of navigation after Iran seized a tanker, its ministry of defense said on Thursday.

“The Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage,” a British government spokesman said in a statement.

“Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and we will do all we can to defend it.”