Newly released radio communications show Revolutionary Guards warning British sailors on HMS Montrose not to put their ‘life in danger’ by interfering in capture of Stena Impero
Iranian forces warned a British warship’s crew against putting their “life in danger” during the seizure of a tanker this month, in a new recording of the incident released Monday.
The audio message was accompanied by aerial video footage of a warship thought to be the HMS Montrose, which the UK defense ministry says has now been joined in Gulf waters by another warship, the HMS Duncan.
An officer on board the warship responds: “This is British warship Foxtrot 236: I am in vicinity of an internationally recognized strait with a merchant vessel in my vicinity conducting transit passage.”
The Iranian officer replies: “British warship Foxtrot 236, this is Sepah navy patrol boat: don’t put your life in danger.”
Iranian state television also released recordings of another incident on July 10.
“This is British warship Foxtrot 236, go ahead,” a British naval officer can be heard saying.
His Iranian counterpart responds by saying: “British warship Foxtrot 236, this is Sepah navy warship… your tanker British Heritage under my control. You are ordered do not to interference in my operation.”
Britain said on July 11 that three Iranian vessels attempted to “impede the passage” of the British Heritage commercial oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
Tensions have been escalating in the region for weeks, with US President Donald Trump last month calling off at the last minute an airstrike on Iran over its downing of a US spy drone.