- The Indian Navy has launched Operation Sankalp to safeguard its vessels transiting through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
- The Navy has deployed stealth guided missile destroyers INS Chennai and patrol vessel INS Sunayna in the region for maritime security operations. Besides,aerial surveillance by naval aircraft is also being undertaken.
- The operation has been launched in the wake of escalating tension in the Gulf of Oman where two oil tankers were attacked.
- The Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region(IFC-IOR) is also keeping a close watch on the movement of ships in the Gulf region.
- The IFC has been established in 2018 at the Navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) in Gurugram.
- IFC is a single point centre linking all the coastal radar chains to generate a seamless real-time picture of the nearly 7,500-km coastline.
- Through this Centre,information on white shipping or commercial shipping is exchanged with countries in the region to improve maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean.White-shipping refers to commercial shipping information about the movement of cargo ship.
- The Gulf of Oman or Sea of Oman is a gulf that connects the Arabian Sea with the Strait of Hormuz, which then runs to the Persian Gulf.It borders Iran and Pakistan on the north,Oman on the south and the United Arab Emirates on the west.
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