In response to the drone assault on MV Chem Pluto in the Arabian Sea, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pledged on Tuesday to pursue the culprits relentlessly, even if hidden in the “depths of the seas.” The vessel, carrying 21 Indian crew members, was targeted 217 nautical miles from Porbandar, prompting swift action by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
Speaking at the commissioning of the INS Imphal stealth-guided missile destroyer, Singh emphasised India’s intensified sea patrolling, addressing the escalating turbulence in maritime regions.
The recent attacks on MV Chem Pluto and MV Sai Baba in the Red Sea are viewed seriously by the Indian government, prompting increased naval surveillance. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar revealed the deployment of four destroyers to counter piracy and drone threats on merchant ships.
A collaborative effort involving P-8I aircraft, Dorniers, Sea Guardians, helicopters, and Coast Guard ships aims to safeguard against piracy and drone-induced risks in maritime domains.