US, UK and France lead discussion on creating a Gulf naval coalition

US, UK and France lead discussion on creating a Gulf naval coalition

Britain, the US, France and a host of European and Asian nations are meeting today in Bahrain to discuss plans to build an international naval coalition to protect shipping in the Gulf.

The US has been trying to create international consensus on the need for military patrols for the past six weeks in the wake of six tanker attacks around the Strait of Hormuz while the UK has become a proponent of a European force since July 19 when the UK-flagged Stena Impero was seized by Iranian special forces.

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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