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GUIDED TOUR Lt Cdr Giles Palin shows defence secretary Philip Hammond around minehunter HMS Ramsey in Bahrain
GUIDED TOUR Lt Cdr Giles Palin shows defence secretary Philip Hammond around minehunter HMS Ramsey in Bahrain
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DEFENCE secretary Philip Hammond sent a thinly-veiled warning to Iran as he announced the largest minesweeping exercise of modern times during a visit to Bahrain.

The Islamic Republic has threatened to close vital shipping lanes in a row over nuclear arms.

Mr Hammond announced that Portsmouth-based HMS Quorn and HMS Atherstone will be among ships taking part in war games with navies from 20 other countries in the Gulf later this month and said: ‘The UK is committed to a standing presence in the Gulf to ensure freedom of navigation in international waters such as the Straits of Hormuz.’

The UK has provided an enduring naval commitment to the region for more than 30 years, culminating in today’s presence which includes a frigate, destroyer and four minehunters.