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In the wake of the USS Boxer shooting down an Iranian drone:

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British flagged tanker seized by Iran
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The British flagged ‘Stena Impero’ tanker has been seized by Iran.
The vessel had taken a very sudden turn into Iranian waters despite her original destination being Saudi Arabia, according to data relayed by maritime tracking services.
It is understood that the company, Stena Bulk, have confirmed that there are 23 personnel on the ship and that the ship was approached by “unidentified small crafts and a helicopter”.
The company said in a statement:
“There have been no reported injuries and their safety is of primary concern to both owners and managers. Northern Marine Management has not been able to establish contact directly with the vessel since it was notified of the incident at approximately 16.00 today, 19th July 2019.”
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Iran just screwed up.

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This has a lot more to do with the UK seizure of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar than it does with fragging a drone.

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Oil prices had to increase, that's all...

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Tim Jacobs wrote:
This has a lot more to do with the UK seizure of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar than it does with fragging a drone.

Exactly.
But where was the RN? They prevented something similar last week.

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HMS Montrose was en-route, but about 20 miles away. Mechanical issues kept her helo on the deck, so the Royal Marines couldn't get there in time to prevent the capture.

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Tim Jacobs wrote:
HMS Montrose was en-route, but about 20 miles away. Mechanical issues kept her helo on the deck, so the Royal Marines couldn't get there in time to prevent the capture.

Dammit :Mad_6:
Yes; I recall it was Montrose last week. Appreciate the update.

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The question still stands: where is the Royal Navy? I suspect it is in refit or under repair. It is now so small that one frigate is tasked with rushing around the Gulf trying to stop all of the IRGC pirates.

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Can anyone point to any other country than Gibraltar (presumably with UK approval) enforcing the EU sanctions on Syria at sea on a ship owned by a non EU country? Presumably Syria can always get oil from its military partner Russia and I don't see anyone taking action against Russian owned vessels somehow, so what is the point of arresting the Grace 1 in the first place?

I deplore what is going on in Syria and have no doubt that the June attacks on other tankers were instigated by Iran but UK seems to have made itself the easy target for Iran to try to put pressure on Western interests. It looks likely that Gib/UK has taken unilateral action without thinking through the likely consequences as this has made UK appear in Iranian eyes (and others if the truth be told) as supporting Donald Trump's measures to make the US sanctions on Iran more effective.

As to RN action to protect UK registered shipping, would more frigates and destroyers stop individual merchant ships being hi-jacked by large numbers of IRG fast boats and helicopters? Perhaps having a detachment of Marines on each vessel for the Hormuz transit would be more effective?


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The Iranians backed off before when faced with Montrose. Putting Marines on tankers is fine if the Iranians try to board but if they simply surround the vessel with their boats then the captain has no choice but to do what they tell him and if the Marines end up in Iranian harbour that would be worse.

As far as I know the UK always tries to enforce Maritime Law as it is well aware that we still get most of our goods by sea. I think this situation should have been anticipated and more ships sent to the Gulf to deal with Iran's retaliation but presumably there were no other ships available.

Ironically for a government that has unleashed Brexit upon us, and talks a lot about sovereignty, they have presided over the dismantling of the navy that has led to this problem. Make Britain great again? Make Britain a laughing stock more like.

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An update:


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Swedish owner of tanker seized by Iran says crew 'safe'
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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - The Swedish company that owns the UK-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran said Wednesday it had finally been able to contact its crew being held onboard and they declared themselves "safe".
Stena Bulk said in a statement that the ship's captain "advised that everyone was safe with good cooperation with the Iranian personnel onboard".
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The fact that Iran has taken hostages shows that even they do not believe their own ridiculous propaganda that they are acting with in the law.

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Britain also took the crew of the Iranian tanker Grace 1 as "hostage", at least the captain was detained.

It is not surprising that Iran does the same. It would be normal that the commanding officers are detained if they are suspected to have committed serious crimes.

I do not claim that the crew of the Swedish tanker Stena Impero did commit crimes.

But it was stupid of the British government to act like that in this very moment. It is obvious that the Iranian government would interpret that as a support of Trump.

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maxim wrote:
But it was stupid of the British government to act like that in this very moment. It is obvious that the Iranian government would interpret that as a support of Trump.


The statement by Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary to Parliament earlier this week and subsequent debate made it clear that the detention of Grace 1 at Gibraltar was triggered by US intelligence advice about the arrival of the tanker in Iberian waters, with enough warning for Gib to pass a law so that they could arrest it.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/ ... ar#g1119.0

That suggests to me considerable external pressure on the Gib government to get this done and it is hardly surprising that Iran considers that it was more about enforcing export sanctions on Iran rather than preventing oil getting to Syria.

It would be interesting to know if any other EU country has been so diligent in enforcing the sanctions on Syria?


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maxim wrote:
Britain also took the crew of the Iranian tanker Grace 1 as "hostage", at least the captain was detained.

It is not surprising that Iran does the same. It would be normal that the commanding officers are detained if they are suspected to have committed serious crimes.

I do not claim that the crew of the Swedish tanker Stena Impero did commit crimes.

But it was stupid of the British government to act like that in this very moment. It is obvious that the Iranian government would interpret that as a support of Trump.


Detaining the captain of a a ship for a suspected breach of law is not at all the same as holding the whole crew prisoner. The captain has legal responsibilities that they do not.

Apparently the UK has gone to some lengths to distance itself from the US government's hostility to Iran. I am not sure whether that is the right thing to do or not, but they feel that diplomacy has some traction.

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FrancisMcN wrote:
maxim wrote:
But it was stupid of the British government to act like that in this very moment. It is obvious that the Iranian government would interpret that as a support of Trump.


The statement by Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary to Parliament earlier this week and subsequent debate made it clear that the detention of Grace 1 at Gibraltar was triggered by US intelligence advice about the arrival of the tanker in Iberian waters, with enough warning for Gib to pass a law so that they could arrest it.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/ ... ar#g1119.0

That suggests to me considerable external pressure on the Gib government to get this done and it is hardly surprising that Iran considers that it was more about enforcing export sanctions on Iran rather than preventing oil getting to Syria.

It would be interesting to know if any other EU country has been so diligent in enforcing the sanctions on Syria?


I think it is very important to note here that the UK has offered to release the tanker if Iran gives an assurance that it will not deliver its cargo to Syria. That suggests that this is wholly about sanctions on Syria and not Iran. It is also very different from hijacking a ship in international waters and kidnapping the crew.

I do wonder why people are so willing to give Iran a free pass when they commit an act of piracy? As for pressure being applied on the Gibraltar government, they are very unlikely to pay much attention to a UK government which is so shamefully abandoning them in favour of Brexit. Once we leave the EU Spain is more likely to step up its aggressive actions towards the territory and we can see what the cuts to the navy have done to our ability to assert our sovereignty!

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It is not about "allowing Iran" to do something. It is the question what to do. For sure there are warmongers and other people who increase the danger of war in a irresponsible way.

The British government had clearly supported the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("Iran nuclear deal"), also after the "Deal Killer" Trump sabotaged it. And it still does. But the action against the tanker was clearly counter-productive, especially, because also the British government (as the other western signatories) was not able to fulfil its obligations from the plan.

And there are not everywhere people who want to attack Britain, including Gibraltar. A little less panic does help from time to time.

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Maxim, I did not say there were people from everywhere wanting to attack Britain! Spain has been conducting a series of infringements of Gibraltar's territorial rights for a long time and they make the claim that Gibraltar belongs to them. Seeing how the Spanish government treats the Catalans it is not unreasonable to suggest that they view Brexit as a chance to try to separate Gibraltar from the UK and who knows what they will get up to?

You talk about war as though it is not already a part of Iran's foreign policy. In Syria, the Iranian's have shown no reluctance to engage in the murder of civilians and have taken the opportunity to occupy parts of the country. There is a danger of war with Israel as Pres. Trump has shown that he will do anything for his friend there.

I understand your suspicion of the UK's motives for acting as it did but it is possible that it was simply a matter of enforcing the law. Whether it was a good idea to do so is an interesting question, but given the nature of Assad's regime, perhaps it is not such a bad thing to try to squeeze him a bit?

What this incident does show is that the UK is unable to protect the shipping that enables the free circulation of its economy throughout the world. After Brexit that will no longer be a problem: no economy = no need for protection.

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UK is today very far away from the power of the British Empire. Off course, it cannot protect shipping everywhere in the world. For me, it is difficult to understand how that can be even expected. It is more likely that there will be no Great Britain anymore in 10 years than a UK with a navy, which could protect shipping everywhere in the world. For that the British economy is simply too small.

I do not have any suspicions regarding the motives of the British government. I think it was a stupid mistake. It makes everything worse in case of Iran, strengthens the hardliners there, does not help in Syria at all (it is too late now, Assad is unfortunately winning) etc. It would have been necessary to pressure the US government to protect and improve the deal with Iran instead of making everything worse.

Spain maybe be still have official claims for Gibraltar, but in case of a Brexit it would be better for them to offer Gibraltar something to convince them to separate from Britain to stay in contact with EU instead of doing something military, which is not likely at all.

But perhaps one interesting aspect: Trump was not successful at all in convincing other states to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, because nobody wants to support his irresponsible politics. In contrast, the British government got support from several European governments. E.g. Denmark will send ships.

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The British Empire is dead and gone. I wish people would stop thinking in those terms. Unfortunately the new Prime Minister seems to think he is a reincarnation of Churchill who was obsessed with keeping the empire when it was clearly a foolish thing to do.

The UK has the world's 5th largest economy apparently, so it is not unreasonable to suggest that the UK could protect its shipping with some of that money. However, strategic thinking is not apparent in the ideology of the Conservative Party ranks at the moment.

It is not even necessary for the Royal Navy to protect UK ships throughout the world as there are are plenty of responsible governments who will abide by the laws of the sea and keep their sea-lanes open. But it must have been obvious that a terrorist state like Iran would use the excuse of the detention of the Grace 1 as a pretext for piracy. And let's keep in mind that this comes after the "mysterious" attacks on the other tankers that seem to point to Iran as well.

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