India’s defense ministry said on Monday evening that the Indian Navy had sent several guided-missile destroyers to the Arabian Sea. The action is related to Saturday’s attack on an Israeli-linked tanker off the Indian coast.
India’s defense ministry said in a statement on Monday that three guided missile destroyers had been deployed “in different areas of the sea” to “maintain a deterrent presence” in the wake of the “recent spate of attacks in the Arabian Sea.” It was reported that the Navy would also use long-range maritime patrol aircraft.
Attack on a tanker near India
The Indian Navy said it was investigating the nature of Saturday’s attack on related to Israel the MV Chem Pluto tanker, which “anchored safely” in Mumbai on Monday. According to the ministry, the initial assessment “indicated a drone attack.” However, “further forensic and technical analysis will be necessary to determine the attack vector, including the type and quantity of explosive used.”
Pentagon claims that the MV Chem Pluto was hit off the coast India attack drone “launched from Iran” when the task force led by USA tried to counter similar threats to maritime shipping posed by Yemen Houthi rebels allied with Iran.
Meanwhile, the British maritime security company Ambrey reported on Saturday that a tanker linked to Israel but flying the Liberian flag was attacked off the coast of India by a drone. A fire broke out on the ship but was extinguished.
The attack occurred when the India-bound tanker was in the Arabian Sea, about 200 km southwest of the city of Werawal. The impact caused some “structural damage,” Ambrey said. None of the crew were injured.
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