Indian Navy sending 2 warships to protect shipping in Gulf

Indian Navy sending 2 warships to protect shipping in Gulf


Following the escalating tension between the US and Iran in the wake of the crashing of a US drone into the sea, safety of cargo vessels in the region raises concerns of governments.

Indian Navy is sending two warships to the Gulf of Oman to protect the country's shipping after a series of attacks on tankers there in the past six weeks.The guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai and the patrol vessel INS Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations, an Indian Navy statement said.

Surveillance aircraft are also being dispatched in what India is calling Operation Sankalp. India announced the operation on Friday.Meanwhile, United Airlines has suspended one of its flights and other airlines are re-routing planes to avoid the Gulf of Oman.A United (UAL) flight between Newark and Mumbai was suspended starting Thursday, the airline said.

"Given current events in Iran, United has conducted a thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace," United said in a statement.The move to suspend service came as the Federal Aviation Administration banned US airlines from operating planes over parts of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.