U.S. Navy warships have begun accompanying British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz as a result of Iran’s detention of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship last week, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. Navy had accompanied one British ship through the strait, one of the world’s most important oil shipping channels, following talks between Washington and London.

“They’ve asked if we would accompany their flagged vessels through the strait,” Warren told reporters. […]