Strait of Hormuz: eight European countries support the creation of a surveillance mission: Lines of Defense

Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal have given their political support to the creation of a European monitoring mission in the Strait of Hormuz.

This maritime corridor, wedged between Iran and the Sultanate of Oman, stretches only about fifty kilometers in width, and 60 meters in depth. Its closure, in the event of an open conflict with Iran, could push the price of a barrel of crude to $ 150.

This future European naval mission to secure the Strait of Hormuz will be led by France; currently the frigate patrols there Courbet.

Could Paris send its aircraft carrier there, the Charles-de-Gaulle, on a temporary assignment? Such a deployment of Charles de Gaulle would in no way constitute military pressure vis-à-vis Iran, according to the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. Note that Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Greece will participate in the escort of Charles de Gaulle during his next mission.

France, Denmark, Greece and the Netherlands are currently contributing to this mission which should, according to the joint declaration, benefit from “new commitments in the coming days”. What about the British? The Royal Navy, for its part, continues to escort British-flagged commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz. Two warships, the frigate HMS Montrose and the destroyer HMS Defender, are currently stationed there.


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