Mineman 3rd Class Wallace Nee, assigned to Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry (MCM 3), peers through his camera lenses in response to surface contact during Ship Nautical or Otherwise photographic Interpretation and Exploitation (SNOOPIE Team) in the Strait of Hormuz on July 9, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by PFC Brendan Nunez)

Dunford: U.S. Will Provide Intel, Not Escorts, in Strait of Hormuz

The United States will provide surveillance and organizational support to a proposed coalition to bolster maritime security against Iranian threats in the Strait of Hormuz, but U.S. ships will not escort other nations’ ships through the passage, the nation’s top uniformed officer said on Tuesday.

“Escorting in the normal course of events would be done by countries who have the same flag, so a ship that is flagged from a particular country would be escorted by that country,” Joint Chiefs chairman Joseph Dunford told reporters at Fort Myer in Washington, D.C.“The United States is uniquely capable of providing is some of the command and control, some of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; but the expectation is the actual [security] patrolling and escorts would be done by others.”

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