Navy and French Navy Frigates join USS Abraham Lincoln carrier in Strait
and French vessels joined a US CVBG in a six-strong flotilla of warships
which passed through the sensitive Strait of Hormuz, Britain's Ministry
of Defence said Sunday.
The ministry said a Royal Navy frigate, HMS Argyll, was part of a US-led
carrier group to sail through the waterway which Iran has threatened
to close over Western moves to impose new sanctions over Tehran's nuclear
A spokesman said: "HMS Argyll and a French vessel joined a US carrier
group transiting through the Strait of Hormuz, to underline the unwavering
international commitment to maintaining rights of passage under international
Type 23 Frigate
(picture: Royal Navy)
He said Britain maintained
"a constant presence in the region as part of our enduring contribution
to Gulf security".
The French Navy vessel is thought to be La Motte-Picquet anti-submarine
Anti-Submarine Frigate La Motte-Piquet
(picture: Jean-Michel Roche)
British warships have
been patrolling in the Gulf continuously since the 1980s.
The Strait of Hormuz is a key transit route for global oil supplies.
European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday are expected
to agree to sanction Iran's central bank and announce an embargo on buying
Lincoln(CVN 72) (picture:
The United States,
France, Britain and Germany accuse Iran of seeking to build nuclear
weapons, but Tehran says its nuclear drive is peaceful.