Top general says US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers

WASHINGTON — The United States and its allies are discussing plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, a top US general says after Iranian military vessels menaced a British tanker this morning.

General Mark Milley, nominated to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells a Senate hearing that the US has a “crucial role” in enforcing freedom of navigation in the Gulf.

He says the US was attempting to put together a coalition “in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping.”

“I think that that will be developing over the next couple weeks.”


US Army Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on his nomination to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 11, 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)

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