Matthew 24:6-8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mark 13:7-8 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
War Rumours Threats: Iranian forces have been harassing this British warship almost daily in the Persian Gulf
Ryan Pickrell. Business Insider•September 3, 2019
A British warship that defended an oil tanker from Iranian forces but failed to save another has had 115 confrontations with Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Persian Gulf since July.
Commander Will King, who commands the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose currently tasked with defending British interests and escorting ships in the Gulf, told The Times that his ship has been “heavily” tested by the Iranians, which have demonstrated a “continuous intent to disrupt or interfere with UK interests in the area.”
HMS Montrose and its crew made international headlines in mid-July when the Duke-class frigate positioned itself between approaching IRGC vessels and the BP oil tanker “British Heritage” the Iranian boats are suspected of trying to seize. The frigate trained its deck guns on the Iranian gunboats while issuing verbal warnings.
The British warship is armed with two 30 mm guns that are designed for repelling small fast-moving watercraft. The IRGC vessels departed without incident.
A week later, the UK-flagged Stena Impero, which was sailing unescorted, was seized by the IRGC. HMS Montrose tried to come to the ship’s aid, but it arrived too late.
The ship is tasked with escorting British-flagged ships through the contested strait to deter Iran forces, which haven’t seized a UK-flagged ship since July 19 when the Stena Impero was taken.
The Iranians have repeatedly mocked the Type 23 frigate for failing to save the Stena Impero, which remains in Iranian custody, The Times reported. In addition to taunts, the Iranians have also routinely sent out gunboats and unmanned air assets to “intimidate” the British warship by approaching to within 200 meters. A reporter for The Times personally witnessed some of these activities reporting aboard HMS Montrose.
Iranian forces have even targeted the ship with coastal defenses and cruise missiles, according to the frigate’s captain.
Toward the end of July, the US launched a multinational maritime security effort known as Operational Sentinel. This operation is intended to “increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East,” US Central Command revealed at the time.
The move followed a string of attacks on commercial shipping vessels, the downing of a US drone, and the seizure of a tanker flying the British Union Jack — all actions attributed to Iran.
The Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose and the destroyer HMS Duncan were the first British warships to join this mission. The frigate HMS Kent was deployed to the Gulf in mid-August, and recently, the Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender was sent to replace the Duncan.
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