Britain’s premier maritime commando force is sailing toward the Strait of Hormuz for an exercise amid an international crisis triggered by Iranian aggression against two oil tankers last week.
Royal Marines commandos from 42 Commando will be conducting visit, board, search and seizure drills, among other tasks, in close proximity to where the two tankers were severely damaged by Iranian limpet mines.
Both the Ministry of Defense and 42 Commando denied the deployment is in response to Iranian aggression. In a rather unusual move, 42 Commando even made a statement through its Twitter account.
“Unglamorous as it may be, yes, it is,” said the statement referring to the fact that their deployment is pre-planned, adding, “We know because we’ve done all of the sodding pre-planning!”