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UK reportedly considers deploying drones to the Gulf amid Iran tensions

Key Points
  • U.K.'s Royal Air Force could deploy drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran, Sky News reported.
  • The drones will help with overhead surveillance as British warships are continuing to escort U.K.-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz, according to the report.

A U.K.-flagged tanker, Stena Impero, was seized and detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard between July 19 and July 21, 2019 in the Strait of Hormuz.
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The United Kingdom is considering deploying British drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran, Sky News reported early on Monday.

U.K.'s Royal Air Force (RAF) has a number of Reaper drones based in nearby Kuwait and 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 U.K.-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz, according to the report

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.