second Royal Navy warship has arrived in the Gulf to protect British ships amid
heightened tensions in the region.
HMS Duncan has joined frigate HMS Montrose to escort vessels sailing under the British flag through the Strait of Hormuz.
HMS Montrose has so far accompanied 35 vessels through the strait, according to the Ministry of Defense.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK continued to push for a diplomatic resolution to the situation.
"Freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz is vital not just to the UK, but also our international partners and allies," he said. "Merchant ships must be free to travel lawfully and trade safely, anywhere in the world."
Wallace added the Royal Navy will continue to provide a safeguard for UK vessels "until this is the reality."
HMS Duncan is a Type 45 Destroyer which the Royal Navy describes as "among the most advanced warships ever built."