Op Sankalp – Indian Navy Deploys to Secure Energy SLOCs
A Ministry of Defense press release indicating that the Indian Navy has deployed, in the Gulf of Oman, to re-assure Indian Flagged Vessels operating/ transiting through Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman following the maritime security incidents in the region.
IN Ships Chennai and Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake Maritime Security operations. In addition, aerial surveillance by IN aircraft is also being undertaken in the area.
The Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region which was launched by the IN in December 2018 at Gurugram, is also keeping a close watch on the movement of ships in the Gulf region.
After a holistic review of the situation, DG Shipping has issued two advisories on 13 and 16 June 2019 to all Indian Flagged Vessels operating in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian/ Arabian Gulf Region advising Indian Flagged ships to undertake appropriate protection measures.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>INS Sunayna escorting a ULCC in the Gulf of Oman/Persian Gulf <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/OpSankalp?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#OpSankalp</a> <a href=”https://t.co/NZikMU91fR”>pic.twitter.com/NZikMU91fR</a></p>— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/indiannavy/status/1141694247126519808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 20, 2019</a></blockquote>
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With large number of oil tankers heading to the country it has become important for New Delhi to deploy the Indian Navy ships to support the same.
India has condemned the missile attack of June 12, 2019 targeting Al-Abha airport in Saudi Arabia injuring and endangering the lives of innocent civilians but has not commented on the tanker attacks previously as well as the recent one which has been claimed by the US as launched by Iran.
This issue is likely to be discussed during the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and some statements from the Indian side on the subject can be anticipated but this may be neutral. India may also press for limited waiver to draw oil from Iran.
Indian Navy remains committed to ensuring safety of Indian maritime trade and merchant vessels operating in the region and contributing towards maintaining a stable and peaceful Indian Ocean Region says the press release