A drone launched from Iran was accountable for an assault on a chemical tanker within the Indian Ocean on Saturday, the US Division of Defence has stated.
A spokesperson for the Pentagon stated a motor vessel referred to as CHEM PLUTO was struck at round 6am UK time, 200 nautical miles from the coast of India, in a “one-way assault drone fried from Iran”.
The Pentagon added a fireplace was extinguished on board and no one was harm within the assault, which it says was Iran’s seventh on business transport since 2021.
It was the primary such recognized assault so far-off from the Crimson Sea because the Israel-Hamas war started.
A spokesperson for the Iranian delegation on the United Nations didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Ambrey, a Hereford-based world maritime threat agency, earlier stated the vessel was “Israel-affiliated” – although didn’t provide element on the hyperlinks – and had final referred to as in Saudi Arabia earlier than heading in the direction of India.
“Service provider vessels are suggested a lot of these assaults are usually focused at Israel-affiliated transport, however have prior to now mistakenly hit beforehand Israel-affiliated vessels,” the agency added.
There was an growing variety of threats to vessels off the coast of Yemen, with Yemeni insurgent group the Houthis saying their assaults are aimed toward Israel-linked ships and are in assist of Palestinians beneath siege by Israel in Gaza.
The Indian Navy responded after the transport firm requested help, an official stated.
“Indian Navy had dispatched an plane, which arrived overhead the MV (service provider vessel),” an announcement by the navy stated.
“Security of the crew and ship was ascertained. A warship has additionally been dispatched to supply any help as required.”
The Indian Coast Guard stated the vessel had 20 Indian nationals and one Vietnamese on board.
One other incident happened within the Crimson Sea on Saturday, the UK Maritime Commerce Operations (UKMTO) company stated.
Roughly 50 nautical miles west of Hodeidah, Yemen, there have been a number of studies of drones flying low above a vessel earlier than exploding about 1.5 nautical miles from the ship.
Vessels have been suggested to transit with warning, the company stated in an announcement.
Houthi militants threaten Crimson Sea vessels
Main world transport corporations have been compelled to reroute their vessels within the wake of drone and missile assaults within the Crimson Sea by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militants.
Many vessels are taking an extended and costlier route across the southern tip of Africa.
The British, US and French navies have responded by shooting down Houthi drones and missiles.
Greater than 20 nations together with the UK have agreed to form a US-led coalition to assist safeguard vessels from Houthi assaults, with not less than one Royal Navy destroyer concerned.
Washington launched Operation Prosperity Guardian earlier this week, saying greater than a dozen nations had agreed to take part in an effort involving joint patrols in Crimson Sea waters close to Yemen.
Iran has denied US accusations it was concerned in planning Houthi assaults within the Crimson Sea, the semi-official Mehr information company reported.