Amid heightened tensions in the Gulf between the US and Iran, Indian Navy launches Op Sankalp to safeguard Indian vessels
Indian Navylaunched Operation Sankalpin the Gulf region to ensure safe operation and passage of Indian vessels. INS Chennaiand INS Sunanyahave been deployed to conduct MarItime Security operations.
- The Information Infusion Centre - Indian Ocean Region in Gurugram is closely watching every ship movement in the region.
This comes amidst growing tensions in the Middle East, after attacks on oil tankers. Two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week and four tankers in international waters close to United Arab Emirates (UAE), on May 12, as per sources.
US President Donald Trump had accused Iran for the attacks and threatened it of consequences. Recently, a US drone was also shot down in the region and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed responsibility, as per sources.
The Indian Navy has deployed a destroyer INS Chennai, and a patrol vessel INS Sunanya in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. They will execute Maritime Security Operations, tweeted Indian Navy spokesperson.
Along with the Maritime Security Operations, the Navy is also going to conduct aerial surveillance by a naval aircraft in the area.
The Information Fusion Centre - Indian Ocean Region, that was launched by the Indian Navy in December 2018 at Gurugram, is also keeping a close watch on the movement of ships in the Gulf region.
In a press release, the Navy said that two advisories were issued by DG Shipping on June 13 and June 16 to all Indian Flagged Vessels operating in the Strait of Hormuz, Persian and the Arabian Gulf region to undertake appropriate protection measures.
It is to be noted that nearly 75% of the world’s maritime trade and 50% of global oil trade operates and transits through the Indian ocean region.
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