The UK, the biggest supporter so far of Washington’s idea for an international naval armada to ‘protect shipping’ in the Persian Gulf, is sending a third warship to the region, as the standoff with Iran continues.

The HMS Defender, a type-45 destroyer, left Portsmouth earlier this month, but its final destination was announced only on Saturday. Britain also has HMS Kent and HMS Montrose, both type-23 frigates, in the area. London says the ships are tasked with protecting UK-flagged vessels, after Iran seized the Stena Impero in July, following the Royal Navy’s earlier detention of its tanker, Grace 1, in Gibraltar. (RT)