US claims Iranian drone hit tanker off India coast

US claims Iranian drone hit tanker off India coast

US claims Iranian drone hit tanker off India coast

Saturday, a chemical tanker in the Indian Ocean was struck by an Iranian-launched drone, according to the United States military. An ensuing conflagration aboard the Chem Pluto was put out. Absent were any casualties.

Iran has refrained from providing any commentary. Houthi rebels in Yemen, who support Hamas in its conflict with Israel and are supported by Iran, have recently targeted vessels in the Red Sea with rockets and unmanned aerial vehicles. As far away as possible, however, this is the first incident of its kind, according to the maritime security firm Ambrey.

Additionally, the vessel was en route from Saudi Arabia to India, according to the same corporation, and was linked to Israel. The Houthis assert that vessels with ties to Israel are the objective of their attacks during the Gaza conflict.

The United States stated that “a one-way attack drone launched from Iran” struck the Chem Pluto. It is thought to be the first occasion the United States has accused Iran publicly of directly targeting a ship.

Tehran has denied a previous allegation that it was “deeply involved” in the planning of operations against commercial vessels in the Red Sea. But if “America and its allies continue to perpetrate crimes” in Gaza, the Revolutionary Guards of Iran have threatened to compel the closure of waterways beyond the Red Sea.

According to a statement from the Pentagon, the Chem Pluto, a chemical tanker operated by the Netherlands and flagged in Liberia for Japanese interests, was engaged in an attack on Saturday at 10:00 local time (06:00 GMT). The impact resulted in structural impairment.

The occurrence transpired 370 kilometres (200 nautical miles) to the southwest of Veraval, in the Indian state of Gujarat, as reported by United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations.

According to Ambrey, the location of the incident was a “heightened threat area” for Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles. Warships and aircraft were dispatched by the Indian navy in an effort to be of assistance.  A crude oil tanker reported being struck by a Houthi drone in the southern Red Sea later that day, while another tanker narrowly escaped.

A considerable number of international maritime consortia have ceased their activities in the Red Sea on account of the heightened vulnerability to attacks. The British government has pledged to secure the safety of the route.

Grant Shapps, the defence secretary of the United Kingdom, stated to the Sunday Times that the nation was determined to repel vessel attacks and would not permit the Red Sea to become a “no-go area.”

In the interim, Foreign Secretary David Cameron characterised Iran as a “deeply detrimental influence both regionally and globally.” He stated that the Iranian leadership and its proxies must receive an unequivocal message that this escalation will not be tolerated. Concern was evident in the area, according to Chris Farrell of Neptune P2P Group, a maritime security firm based in the United Kingdom. Farrell further noted that container ships were rerouting more frequently than larger vessels.”No one truly understands the situation out there,” he stated to sources.