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Former head of Navy questions why British ships weren't protected
Foreign office summon Iranian diplomats
Britain - Warship - Hour - Merchant - Vessel
Britain has admitted its nearest warship was one hour away from the merchant vessel seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday and could do nothing to help.
Penny Mordaunt, the defence secretary, said the incident happened in Omani waters and was a "hostile act".
Type - Frigate - HMS - Montrose - Minutes
But she said the British Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose was 60 minutes away from being able to help the Stena Impero when it was boarded by Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
The Foreign Office summoned Iran's charge d'affaires, Mohsen Omidzamani, following the seizure of the British-flagged oil tanker.
Jeremy - Hunt - Counterpart - Mohammad - Javad
It came as Jeremy Hunt spoke to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to express Britain's concern...
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