Indian navy deploys warships; starts escorting merchant ships in Persian gulf

JK Bank

As tensions in the gulf escalate following the attack on oil tankers in gulf of Oman, the Indian Navy has deployed its warships in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to reassure Indian vessels operating and transiting in the region.

“The Indian Navy launches Operation Sankalp in the Persian Gulf/Gulf of Oman to re-assure Indian flagged vessels transiting through the area following the recent maritime incidents in the region,” the Navy said. The Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region, which was inaugurated by the Navy in December 2018 at Gurgaon, was also monitoring the movement of ships in the Gulf region, it said.

The move was announced after US President Donald Trump declared Thursday that “Iran made a very big mistake” by shooting down a US surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz and gathered top national security officials at the White House to discuss options.

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The Director General, Shipping issued two advisories on June 13 and June 16 to all Indian-flagged vessels operating in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian, Arabian Gulf Region, advising the ships to undertake appropriate protection measures.

“The Indian Navy remains committed to ensuring the safety of Indian maritime trade and merchant vessels operating in the region and contributing towards maintaining a stable and peaceful Indian Ocean Region,” said the Navy