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Iran ‘poses as UK and US warships’ in bleak bid to seize oil tankers as tensions erupt

“The Iranians are spoofing the British Royal Navy… don’t tell us their doing it on WhatsApp!” 😀

“Are you certain it’s even the Iranians?… might be Carver Media!” 😉

Iran ‘poses as UK and US warships’ in bleak bid to seize oil tankers as tensions erupt

IRANIAN ships are posing as British or American warships and scrambling GPS to seize oil tankers, according to officials.

By Gursimran Hans

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Iran has perviously seized the British flagged Stena Impero (Image: GETTY)

Alerts have been placed on commercial ships travelling in the seas surrounding Iran. Officials in Washington claimed intelligence suggests Tehran was facilitating fake communications to trick ships. It was claimed “spoofed bridge to bridge communications” were sent from ships claiming to be American or belonging to US allies.

Some vessels have confirmed interference with their GPS systems, with The Sun reporting US Central Command saying: “Vessels have reported GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning.”

“The US remains committed to working with allies and regional partners to safeguard the freedom of navigation, the free flow of commerce, and the protection of US vessels and personnel in this region.”

Tehran is believed to have placed GPS jammers on Abu Musa Island, administered by Iran but claimed also by the United Arab Emirates, which lies near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz.

The intended aims is to reportedly to trick ships into Iranian waters giving authorities an excuse to size them.

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Since replaced by Ben Wallace, Penny Mordaunt was Defence Secretary when the Navy deployed warships (Image: GETTY)

Tehran has seized three tankers in the past month including British flagged Stena Impero.

London has sent HMS Montrose and HMS Duncan to protect British shipping, but HMS Duncan almost found itself sailing into the path of an unmanned boat packed with explosives.

HMS Montrose had born able to save a BP tanker from being seized by three Iranian vessels and Royal Marines seized the Panamanian flagged Grace I in Gibraltar suspected off taking oil from Iran to Syria.

The British ambassador said this was an action taken against Damascus not Tehran.

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A comparison between the arms capabilities of the US and Iran (Image: EXPRESS)

London and Tehran actually fought on the same side in the Dhofar Rebellion as insurgents fought the Omani government during the 1960s and 1970s.

1979 saw the Islamic Revolution which saw the overthrow of the country’s pro-Western modernising Shah to be replaced by a Shiite theocracy.

London and Tehran were involved on different sides as the UK joined Multinational Force in Lebanon in the 1980s.

Was broke out in Lebanon as Israel invaded the southern portion after attacks from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation operating from that side of the border and

The force was unable to end the Syrian occupation of the country or end the Lebanese Civil War.

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