The Indian Navy has deployed warships and aircraft to the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations amid rising tensions between the US and Iran.

The announcement came from the Indian Navy on a day when Iranian paramilitary forces claimed that a US spy drone had been shot down after entering Iran’s airspace.

“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 (Indian) aircraft is also being undertaken in the area,” the Indian Navy said on Thursday.

​The Indian Navy’s Chennai vessel, a P-15A guided-missile destroyer which was involved in last month’s first successful “co-operative engagement firing” trials using the Medium-range Surface-to-Air-Missile (MRSAM) version of the Barak-8 missile system, is part of the vessels deployed.

The ship, measuring 163m in length, 17.4m in breadth with a displacement of 7,500 tonnes, is regarded as one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India.

Last week, the “Front Altair” oil tanker, owned by Norwegian company Frontline, and the chemical tanker “Kokuka Courageous”, owned by Japanese company Kokuka Sangyo, were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz.

The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow stretch of water between the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, and one of the most important passageways for world oil supplies.

The US has blamed the attack on Iran and claimed that it has found substantial evidence from the attack site. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of coordinating a campaign to falsely pin the blame on Iran.

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Tensions between Iran and the US have been high since Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, last year. Since then, the Trump administration has imposed economic sanctions against the country, threatening to reduce Iranian crude oil exports “to zero.”

Last month, Washington also ordered the deployment of an additional 1,500 troops, a regiment of B-52 bombers and one of its aircraft carrier strike groups to the region.

 

Source: Sputnik

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India is on United ISIS States’ side.

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At the start, ISIS was created by Iran to make USA believe Saddam Hussein was backing al-Qaeda. ISIS was initially the banch of al-Qaeda in Iraq before Zarqawi decide to split since he saw al-Zawahiri as too püssy and friendly with the rafida (Shia) apostates. Investigate the post 9-11 ties of Zarqawi with the IRGC, especially the Quds-Force and prepare for a shock! Now if ISIS could grow this way, the responsibility of USA stands on the stupidity of both Dubya and Obama administrations. BTW, US-backed coalition killed about 3-4x more ISIS roaches than Assad/Putin 😉 India is on India’s… Read more »

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I wonder whoes side, if any India is on?

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Its best to assume that India is looking after its own interest and sitting this one out as much as it possibly can. I don’t think I would write India off as being a US lackey entirely.

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India is DEFINITIVELY on India’s side.
India has an 1.35 billions population, a 10% per year GDP growth, India needs energy.

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Malcolm Blue

The article drones….
But does NOT state the rational for India sending the ships. All these boats planned to clog the Straits of Hormuz and strangle the people of iraq?

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Why India would want to strangle the Iraqi people?
All these ships are here because a senile en-turbaned moron has threatened to blockade the Hormuz strait and gave the order to his frogmen to put limpet mines on ships to raise oil prices.

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