URGENT US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers: Pentagon
Washington, July 11, 2019 (AFP) - The United States and its allies are
discussing plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, a
top US general said Thursday after Iranian military vessels menaced a British
General Mark Milley, nominated to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, told a Senate hearing that the US has a "crucial role" in enforcing
freedom of navigation in the Gulf.
He said the US was attempting to put together a coalition "in terms of
providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping," he said.
"I think that that will be developing over the next couple weeks."