The Navy will conduct ‘forensic analysis’ of a ‘drone attack’ in the Arabian Sea and will deploy destroyers.


According to a naval spokesperson, the Indian Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal crew investigated the vessel and assessed the type and extent of the drone attack.

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MV Chem Pluto arrives in Mumbai.(ANI)

 

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The MV Chem Pluto, a Liberian-flagged chemical tanker that was damaged in a suspected drone strike last week, landed at Mumbai today, according to the Indian Navy. The ship’s crew consisted of 21 Indians and one Vietnamese.

According to a naval spokesperson, the Indian Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal crew investigated the vessel and assessed the type and extent of the attack.
According to the Navy, early research indicates that the attack was carried out using a drone. To “establish the vector of attack,” however, forensic and technical examination will be required.

During the analysis, the Navy will also look into the type of explosives utilised. The vessel is now ready for additional operations.
The Navy stated that it has deployed Guided Missile Destroyers, INS Mormugao, INS Kochi, and INS Kolkata in various locations of the Arabian Sea to maintain a “deterrent presence.”

“Long-range maritime reconnaissance P8I aircraft are being regularly tasked to maintain domain awareness,” according to the statement.

According to the Pentagon, the suspected drone assault was launched from Iran.

What is CHEM PLUTO ?

“The motor vessel CHEM PLUTO, a Liberia-flagged, Japanese-owned, and Netherlands-operated chemical tanker was struck at approximately 10 am local time (6 am GMT) today (Saturday) in the Indian Ocean, 200 nautical miles from the coast of India, by a one-way attack drone fired from Iran,” a spokesperson for the Pentagon said.

According to the Indian Navy, the December 23 strike projectile could be a drone or a missile.
According to the Navy, the naval marine patrol aircraft flew above MT Chem Pluto at 1315 hours on December 23 and made contact with the crew.

At 1930 hours, INS Mormugao initiated contact with the vessel to see whether help was required.

The Navy is looking into the possible drone/missile strike’s origin.

A Gabonese-flagged commercial crude oil tanker with 25 Indian crew members was also purportedly attacked by a drone in the Southern Red Sea, although no one was hurt.

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