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.
The incidents which took place on 13 June is escalating into a serious geopolitical crisis. The Gulf of Oman leads through the 21-mile-wide Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf, and about a third of the world’s crude oil supplies and nearly a fifth of its natural gas pass through its waters.
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.
A massive economic pressure is hovering over the past year, since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposed a series of tough sanctions in US foreign policy history. It is directed to cripple Iran's oil export, wider energy industry, shipping, banking, insurance and more.
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.
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.