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01-12-2012 18:43 BJT

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Britain’s newest and most advanced warship has set sail for the troubled Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

The ship’s maiden deployment comes amid heightened tensions with Iran over threats to block the Straits, a major oil shipping lane.

After four years of sea trials, the one-and-a-half billion-dollar destroyer, HMS Daring, eases out of Portsmouth harbor. En route to join partner Navies in the dangerous waters of the Gulf. According to UK military sources the 8,000-ton vessel has a considerable offensive power … able to track targets and identify the most dangerous for attack by 48 anti-air missiles.

While its distinctive stealth design, helps Daring avoid detection. The dispatch of the ship follows confirmation Iran has begun enriching uranium at a bomb proof bunker, which has further fueled suspicions its developing nuclear weapons. Fears that have triggered sanctions by the European Union and the United States.

Britain’s newest and most advanced warship has set sail for the troubled Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.(File Photo)

Iran responded with naval maneuvers and threats to shut down the vital oil shipping lanes of the Straits of Hormuz, vital to the global economy. It’s into this fraught arena that HMS Daring will venture on its first mission. And while the Captain of the ship says this is a deployment that’s been a year in the planning, he adds that his 180-strong crew are ready for anything.

Capt. Guy Robinson, Commanding Officer HMS Daring, said, "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has consistently denied the development of nuclear weapons and has responded angrily to the presence of war boats off the coast of Iran.



Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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