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Updated December 31st, 2023 at 14:13 IST

Indian Navy augments forces deployed in Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden amid surge in drone attacks

In response to a surge in maritime security incidents, the Indian Navy has intensified surveillance efforts in the Central, North Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Aden.

Yuvraj Tyagi
Indian Navy
Task Groups, comprising destroyers and frigates, have been deployed for maritime security operations. | Image:Indian Navy
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In response to a surge in maritime security incidents, the Indian Navy has intensified surveillance efforts in the Central and North Arabian Sea, along with the Gulf of Aden. Recent events, including a piracy incident on MV Ruen and a drone attack on MV Chem Pluto, signify a concerning shift in maritime incidents closer to the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Task Groups, comprising destroyers and frigates, have been deployed to conduct maritime security operations and provide assistance to merchant vessels in case of incidents. 

Aerial surveillance, involving long-range maritime patrol aircraft and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), has been stepped up to achieve comprehensive maritime domain awareness. In close coordination with the Coast Guard, the Indian Navy is actively monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of merchant shipping in the region. The deployment of warships, including INS Chennai, INS Mormugao, INS Kochi, and INS Kolkata, in the Arabian Sea's exclusive economic zone underscores India's commitment to establishing a deterrence presence. 

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Indian Navy’s response to drone attacks

MV Chem Pluto. | Credit- Indian Navy

With an alarming increase in drone attacks on merchant ships, India has strategically deployed four warships to deter potential threats. The recent drone attack on MV Chem Pluto, approximately 220 nautical miles southwest of Porbandar, has triggered investigations by the Indian Navy. Preliminary findings confirm the involvement of a drone in the attack. Despite escalating tensions and attributions by the U.S. to Iran-backed Houthi rebels, India officially maintains a neutral stance, not engaging in any multilateral operation in or around the Red Sea.

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Newly commissioned INS Imphal. | Credit- PIB

To counter emerging threats, India has deployed additional assets, including P8I Aircraft, Dorniers, Sea Guardian drones, helicopters, and coast guard ships. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, emphasizing heightened sea surveillance during the commissioning of INS Imphal, pledged rigorous actions against those responsible for the attacks, even if located on the seabed. As the situation in the Red Sea intensifies, prompting the United States to establish Operation Prosperity Guardian, a naval coalition, India remains vigilant. The coalition, now joined by Greece, aims to collectively counter and mitigate emerging threats in the strategically crucial Red Sea.  

The Indian Navy reaffirms its commitment to ensuring the safety of merchant shipping in the region. With a proactive approach, India addresses the evolving maritime threats through enhanced surveillance, strategic deployments, and international collaborations. As the situation continues to unfold, the Indian Navy remains actively engaged, monitoring and responding to challenges in the maritime domain. 

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Published December 31st, 2023 at 14:13 IST

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