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Indian Navy deploys two warships to Gulf region amid US-Iranian tensions

24 June 2019
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The Indian Navy (IN) has deployed two of its warships, one to the Gulf of Oman and the other to Persian Gulf, to re-assure Indian-flagged commercial vessels transiting those waters following the recent attacks against two oil tankers in the region.

In a statement the service identified the ships as Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai and Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel INS Sunayna , adding that their embarked Chetak (Aérospatiale Alouette III) helicopters would undertake surveillance operations in the area.

IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma said the IN’s Information-Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) would be monitoring all commercial shipping traffic in the area in a bid to augment maritime domain awareness.

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