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Wall Street Journal: U.S. Navy Ends Strait of Hormuz Escort Mission

Navy vessels will remain on patrol in the area

The U.S. Navy will no longer accompany American and British flagged cargo vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz, officials said.

The Navy began the program last week after Iranian naval vessels ordered the Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Island-flagged cargo vessel, out of a shipping lane and then boarded the ship.

Col. Steve Warren, the chief Pentagon spokesman, announced the shift but said it was a relatively minor change, adding that Navy vessels will remain on patrol in the area, able to respond to any vessel that requires help.

More News On The U.S. Navy Ending Its Strait of Hormuz Escort Mission

US warships no longer accompanying commercial ships in Gulf -- AP
U.S. Navy stops accompanying ships through Strait of Hormuz -- Reuters
US calls off protection mission for US-flagged vessels in Gulf -- AFP
Navy ends escorts through Strait of Hormuz -- CNN
U.S. Navy Stops Accompanying Ships Through the Strait of Hormuz -- Bloomberg

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