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The Indian Navy has mobilized guided missile destroyers in the Arabian Sea following an assault on an Israel-linked chemical tanker, as announced by the Ministry of Defense.
In a bid to maintain a deterrent presence amidst a recent wave of maritime attacks, three stealth-guided destroyers were deployed to various sea areas, complemented by long-range maritime patrol aircraft for heightened domain awareness.
This comes after the US attributed the December 23 strike on the MV Chem Pluto to Iran, a claim Tehran vehemently denies. This incident marks the first instance where the US has directly implicated Iran in such attacks and the first occurrence of an assault on a vessel outside the Red Sea.
The Indian Navy is actively investigating the attack on MV Chem Pluto, which safely anchored in Mumbai following the incident. Initial assessments suggest a drone strike, but comprehensive forensic and technical analysis is pending to determine the exact nature and scale of the attack.