Tags: Iran | flotilla | persian gulf | united | states

US Looks for International Flotilla to Secure Persian Gulf Shipping

A flotilla of boats set sail for Normady
A flotilla of boats (Press Association via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 July 2019 08:18 AM

The United States is attempting to set up an international flotilla to secure shipping in the Persian Gulf after Iran is suspected of seizing an oil tanker, CBS News is reporting.

Iran is believed to have taken the small coastal tanker and its crew of 25. But Iran claimed to have responded to a distress call from the Panamanian-flagged tanker MT Riah, based in the United Arab Emirates.

However, no other nation reported a distress call from the tanker. It was seen being escorted by Iranian vessels. The tanker’s transponder that automatically reports its location was turned off on Saturday, according to CBS News.

The tanker went missing near Qeshm Island, known to be home of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard naval base, the Washington Examiner reported.

Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, told CBS News said he is trying to muster an international flotilla to keep maritime traffic in the Gulf safe from the Iranians.

"It's really an international problem," he said. "It's not a United States problem -- although certainly the nations that immediately abut the Strait of Hormuz have a special responsibility to ensure freedom of navigation, of commerce that flows through for the world."

CBS News reported the U.S. has ample firepower in the region, but does not want to escort ships into and out of the Gulf.

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
The United States is attempting to set up an international flotilla to secure shipping in the Persian Gulf after Iran is suspected of seizing an oil tanker, CBS News is reporting.
flotilla, persian gulf, united, states
227
2019-18-17
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 08:18 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved