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Navy investigating drone attack on merchant ship off Indian coast: Officials

Service provider Ship MV Chem Pluto. ANI

The Indian Navy cruiser INS Mormugao arrived to the MV Chem Pluto, the India-bound service provider vessel that was “attacked by an Iranian drone” on Saturday evening and ascertained specifics of the assault, officers stated on Sunday.

The Indian Navy, in keeping with officers, has initiated an investigation to find out whether or not the drone used to assault the vessel was launched from a substantial distance or from an area vessel.

An official knowledgeable ANI, “The vessels operating in the area where the attack took place are being checked.”

A Pentagon spokesperson advised Reuters that the motor vessel CHEM PLUTO, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned, and Dutch-operated chemical tanker, was hit by a one-way assault drone fired from Iran at roughly 10 a.m. native time (6 a.m. GMT) in the present day within the Indian Ocean, 200 nautical miles off the coast of India.

In the meantime, the Indian shore Guard ship Vikram is escorting the MV Chem Pluto, which is slated to reach on the Mumbai shore on Monday.

In accordance with Indian Coast Guard officers, the ICGS Vikram arrived on the stranded ship Friday night and each are presently in Indian seas.

The incident comes as the most recent illustration of the rising regional tensions after the October 7 Hamas assaults on Israel.

The Pentagon stated this was the “seventh Iranian attack on commercial shipping since 2021”.

MV Chem Pluto, with 20 Indian and one Vietnamese crew member on Saturday caught fireplace after it was attacked by a suspected drone. It was later secured by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), the ICG stated in an official assertion.

The service provider vessel reportedly commenced its voyage from the UAE on December 19 and was certain for New Mangalore port with an arrival date of December 25.

In accordance with the official assertion, on December 23, the Indian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Mumbai acquired info relating to a hearth onboard MV Chem Pluto, reportedly attacked by a suspected drone strike or aerial platform.

The Indian Coast Guard Maritime Coordination Centre (MRCC), which established real-time communication with the vessel’s agent, ascertained no lack of life and warranted all help.

It was additionally realized that the vessel fireplace had been doused by the crew. To reinforce the vessel’s security, MRCC Mumbai has activated ISN and instantly diverted different service provider vessels within the neighborhood of Chem Pluto for help.

“The Indian Coast Guard also pressed Offshore Patrol vessel Vikram and Coast Guard Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft into action for rendering assistance to Chem Pluto. The Coast Guard Dornier aircraft has sanitised the area and established communication with Chem Pluto. The vessel has started making its way towards Mumbai after undertaking damage assessment and repairs on its power generation systems,” the assertion additional learn.

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