The US-led Operation Sentinel military mission in the Strait of Hormuz is already fully operational, according to US intelligence. The US Department of Defense said the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Bahrain were involved in the operation to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf. The US is also talking to other countries. It is expected that more states join the mission, Defense Minister Mark Esper said.
The aim was to guarantee free shipping in the strait, which is important for global trade, as Esper went on to say. In addition, provocations should be prevented, thereby avoiding conflict in the region. With regard to Iran, the minister stressed that the US did not want a conflict.
United Kingdom sends two warships
He did not specify how many ships and soldiers are deployed. According to the information, the United Kingdom initially sent two warships. Germany does not participate in the action. A request from Washington to participate had rejected the federal government and instead promoted a separate European Union observer mission.
The security situation in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf had recently deteriorated significantly due to the conflict between the US and Iran. Again and again there had been dangerous situations in the past few weeks. The US blamed Iran for various attacks on merchant ships in the sea area, leading the Tehran leadership.
Behind the tensions between Iran and the US is the nuclear dispute between the two countries. The Americans accuse the Iranian leadership of wanting to build nuclear weapons. Tehran rejects this.