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Australia to join US military effort to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz

PortandTerminal.com, August 21, 2019

Australian forces will make a “modest, meaningful and time-limited” contribution to a United States-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz aimed at protecting freedom of navigation in the Gulf region.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Australia has decided to join the United States-led mission to ensure freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran.

Australian PM says it’s within country’s ‘national interest’ to work with US-led security mission.

About 15% of crude oil and 30% of refined oil destined for Australia came through the Strait of Hormuz.

Australian P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft

According to the country’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Australia would deploy a frigate in January 2020 for six months, a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for one month before the end of 2019 and ADF personnel to the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.

“Australia’s core interest in this mission is de-escalation,”

Linda Reynolds, Australian Defense Minister

The United Kingdom and Bahrain are the only other countries to join the US in the Strait of Hormuz, but the UK has appealed to European allies to join the mission to safeguard shipping lanes.

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