Germany Split on Britain’s Strait of Hormuz Naval Operation

South Korea, Britain will each send another ship to Strait

Britain is continuing to try to recruit for its naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz. While British officials say they’ll send enough ships to escort all of their own British transports, they aren’t getting a lot of support from elsewhere.

That’s continuing with reports that the German government, one of the major nations considering participation, remains divided on the issue. While the Christian Democrats generally support the idea, the Social Democrats say they don’t see any benefit to getting involved, and that going for military options risks to just further destabilize the region.

Britain has sent a destroyer, the HMS Duncan, to the Persian Gulf to participate in the escort missions. This joints the HMS Montrose in the region, though the Montrose will soon leave and be replaced by the HMS Kent.

South Korea has announced that it is sending a “unit” to the Strait of Hormuz as well, in this case to join the US-led fleet. The unit appears to consist of a single destroyer that had been engaged in anti-piracy operations near Somalia.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.