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Britain joins US mission to patrol Strait of Hormuz

Under new prime minister Boris Johnson, the UK has decided to join a US-led coalition to safeguard shipping through the Strait of Hormuz after a string of incidents in the region over the past three months.

While exact operational details are being determined, the mission is intended to improve coordination between different countries’ militaries and commercial shipping.

A number of other countries are expected to join the mission, including Australia.

The UK’s defence secretary Ben Wallace said yesterday: “The UK is determined to ensure her shipping is protected from unlawful threats and for that reason we have today joined the new maritime security mission in the Gulf. Upholding international maritime law and freedom of passage is in all our interests.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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