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The US-led naval coalition began a campaign to protect ships in Vi region

A tanker headed for the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Khasab (Oman). Photo: AFP / TTXVN

The coalition, called Maritime Security Construction (IMSC), has been established since June, with the aim of "eliminating threats to the world's oil supply". Bahrain, home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet, joined the IMSC in August. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined in September. Australia and the United Kingdom also agreed to dispatch the ship. battle to escort ships passing the Gulf. Most countries in the European Union refuse to join the union due to concerns about affecting their efforts to salvage a nuclear deal with Iran. The newest member, Albania, has joined since November 1.

According to the plan, the ships will be escorted through the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic bottleneck before entering the Gulf and also the main artery of Middle Eastern oil transport.

US Navy Commander in the Middle East, Vice Admiral Jim Malloy said the "Guarding Operation" was a defense measure to protect the sea in the Gulf.

Speaking at a ceremony at the IMSC command center, Vice Admiral Jim Malloy announced: "We used patrol boats, but there was no offensive effort in this campaign other than a commitment to protect the ships. different when attacked ". He also added that the IMSC's commitment will last and that the alliance will operate "as long as needed, when threats remain".

The IMSC Alliance formed after a recent series of tanker attacks, which Washington and its allies blamed on Iran. Tehran denied any involvement in the mysterious attacks and made its proposals to enhance Gulf security without the involvement of foreign countries.

In a related development on the same day, Britain lowered the level of security risk for British flag vessels passing the Strait of Hormuz, more than a month after Iran's Stena Impero tanker was freed by Iran. A British government spokesman said: "British flag ships will soon be able to pass through the Strait of Hormuz without escort by the Royal Navy."

The Stena Impero was seized by the Islamic Revolutionary Forces in July in the strait, two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar. The Iranian ship was released in August.

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