August 18, 2019 / 12:39 PM / a month ago

Iran ready to escort Adrian Darya-1 oil tanker in the Gulf: navy commander

A crew member takes pictures with a mobile phone to Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, before being named as Grace 1, sits anchored after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is ready to dispatch its naval fleet to escort its Adrian Darya-1 oil tanker, which is currently in Gibraltar, Iran’s navy commander said on Sunday.

“The era of hit and run is over ... if top authorities ask the navy, we are ready to escort out tanker Adrian,” Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.

Reporting by Tuqa Khalid; Editing by David Goodman

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