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Report: UK Considers Deploying Drones to the Gulf

Report: UK Considers Deploying Drones to the Gulf

Monday, 2 September, 2019 - 05:45
FILE PHOTO: Traditional Omani boats known as dhows, and cargo ships are seen sailing towards the Strait of Hormuz, off the coast of Musandam province, Oman, July 21, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo

The United Kingdom is considering deploying British drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran, Sky News reported early on Monday.


UK's Royal Air Force (RAF) has a number of Reaper drones flying over Iraq and Syria. These could be re-tasked if the decision to deploy drones to the Gulf is taken, Sky News said.


The drones will help with overhead surveillance as British warships are continuing to escort UK-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz, according to the report.


The US already has surveillance aircraft operating above the Gulf and Australia is sending a P8 maritime patrol aircraft. They are part of a growing coalition being formed to protect shipping in the region.


On Friday, the UK called for broad support to tackle Gulf shipping threats after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the strait in July.


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