Australia to Deploy Forces to Gulf Strait

August 20, 2019 Updated: August 20, 2019

Australia is joining an international military campaign to help guard oil tankers from attacks in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Australian Defence Force will contribute troops, a surveillance plane and Navy frigate to a United States-led effort to protect sea lanes from Iranian interference.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the “modest, meaningful and time-limited” contribution was in Australia’s national and economic interests.

“The government has decided it’s in Australia’s national interests to work with our international partners to contribute to an international maritime security mission … in the Middle East,” he told reporters at Parliament House on Aug. 21.

Between 15 and 16 per cent of crude oil—and 25 to 30 per of refined oil—destined for Australia transits through the Gulf strait.

“So it is a potential threat to our economy,” Morrison said.