BREAKING: Armed Iranian boats try to seize British tanker as Gulf tensions escalate

 The British Heritage tanker was said to be sailing out of the Persian Gulf and crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard corps  Officials in Tehran ordered the oil tanker to change its course and stop in nearby Iranian territorial waters, US officials say  A US aircraft was overhead and recorded video of the incident, CNN reports The UK's Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose had been escorting the tanker from the rear  It trained its deck guns on the Iranians and gave them a verbal warning to back away The boats then backed off

 Montrose is equipped on the deck with 30 mm guns specifically designed to drive off small boats  It comes after Iran warned Britain that it faced "consequences" following the deployment of the Type 23 frigate  She was dispatched to the Strait of Hormuz to guard Brit ships passing through President Hassan Rouhani said: "You are the initiator of insecurity and you will realise the consequences later " The Strait of Hormuz has been the scene of attacks of tankers this year amid a renewed flaring of tensions in the Gulf  This is a breaking news story and is constantly being updated Please refresh the page regularly to get the latest updates  Reporters working on dailystarcouk will be working to source the latest information, reaction, pictures and video related to this story  You can also follow us on Twitter @Daily_Star to get the latest news updates 24 hours a day  Or download the Daily Star app for flash alerts on the biggest stories of the day

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