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Naval Chief Admiral Kumar on increased number of piracy, drone attacks

Naval Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar. ANI

Naval Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on Tuesday stated that India has determined to take strong motion to guard its service provider transport because the variety of piracy and drone assaults have considerably gone up.

Addressing the media after Indian Navy commissioned its newest stealth-guided missile destroyer ‘INS Imphal’ at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, Admiral Kumar stated, “As you are aware that we are undertaking anti-piracy and anti-drones strike operations. It is a matter of concern now that the number of attacks has gone up. Just to give you the correct perspective, since 19th November, there have been a total of 30 drone attacks and piracy attacks. So from 19 November till now, which is about 35 days, it roughly translates to one attack a day. If we look at one year before that, barely four or five incidents, maybe you can say one in two months or one in three months. So the frequency has definitely gone up.”

He stated that the Indian Navy has determined to guard the service provider transport and all of the suspicious vessels will likely be searched.

“…We have decided to take very robust action to protect the merchant shipping. About 50 per cent of these 30 attacks have happened in the Red Sea and no attacks have happened against any of the Indian flagged merchant vessels. There have been extensive attacks on vessels flagged in Uganda and other countries but having our crew, some part of…  we’re going to board and search all the suspicious vessels. We will put in additional units to bring this under control…,” stated the navy chief.

MV Chem Pluto, carrying crude oil to New Mangalore port from Al Jubail port in Saudi Arabia, was struck about 217 nautical miles from Porbandar on Saturday. Nobody was injured within the incident.

A Gabon-flagged industrial crude oil tanker with 25 Indian crew members additionally got here underneath a drone assault within the Southern Pink Sea on Saturday however nobody was injured, in keeping with Indian officers and the US navy.

Saturday’s drone assaults got here amid growing issues over numerous industrial vessels being focused reportedly by Iran-backed Houthi militants within the Pink Sea and Gulf of Aden amid the Israel-Hamas battle.

In the meantime, including muscle to the naval fleet, Indian Navy on Tuesday commissioned its newest stealth-guided missile destroyer ‘INS Imphal’ at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.

Imphal, which has a capability to fireside prolonged vary supersonic BrahMos missile, was commissioned into the Indian Navy within the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Aside from Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde attended the occasion that marked the formal induction into the navy of the third of 4 ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers, indigenously designed by the navy’s in-house organisation, Warship Design Bureau, and constructed by defence PSU Mazagon Dock Restricted, Mumbai.

INS Imphal is the primary warship to have been named after a metropolis from northeast India.

INS Imphal was delivered to the navy on 20 October after the completion of a rigorous and complete trial programme each within the harbour and at sea.

With inputs from businesses

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