UK warship stops Iran attempt to ‘impede’ BP tanker
July 11, 2019 -- A Royal Navy ship fended off the attempted seizure of a British oil tanker by Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz, in an apparent tit-for-tat response to the arrest of one of Iran’s own vessels.
HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the tanker British Heritage, was forced to move between the three boats and the tanker, the UK government said.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have done so immediately.
The incident came at a time of heightened tensions over Iran's unraveling nuclear agreement with world powers. Iran recently began breaching uranium enrichment limits in response to the Trump administration's withdrawal from the agreement last year and its imposition of sweeping sanctions.