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We've run down the once-great Royal Navy too much - and the Iran crisis proves it, says Hunt as he calls for a boost in defence spending after British ship rescued oil tanker in Gulf

Jeremy Hunt is calling for more money to be spent on the Royal Navy amid rising Iranian aggression in the Gulf - after it was forced to intervene when a British oil tanker was 'harassed' by the revolutionary guard on Wednesday. The Foreign Secretary has said more warships and carrier-based jets are needed to deal with tensions in the area, arguing that 'boosting our hard power is the surest way to keep Britain respected overseas.' It comes as the United States and its allies discuss plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, after three Iranian vessels tried to impede UK-flagged tanker British Heritage as it made its way through the Strait of Hormuz.

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