Recently Indian Navy has benn deployed in the Gulf of Oman to reassure Indian Flagged Vessels operating transiting through Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman following the maritime security incidents in the region.
This comes amidst growing tensions in the Middle East, after attacks on oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman recently and four tankers in international waters close to United Arab Emirates(UAE).
- IN Ships Chennai and Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake Maritime Security operations.
- In addition to Maritime security, aerial surveillance by IN aircraft is also being undertaken in the area.
- The Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region which was launched by the IN in December 2018 at Gurugram, is also keeping a close watch on the movement of ships in the Gulf region.
- The Navy also issued two advisories, which mentions that all to all Indian Flagged Vessels operating in the Strait of Hormuz, Persian and Arabian Gulf region to undertake appropriate protection measures.
Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region
- The IFC-IOR stems from the importance of the Indian Ocean to world trade and security, and the need for the various maritime nations and organisations to collaborate towards enhancing maritime safety and security on the seas of this region.
- In addition to utilising the collective wisdom and resources towards addressing myriad challenges in the region, IFC-IOR will help interface and integrate, wherein, all partners and stakeholders would benefit from each other’s best practices and expertise.
- The IFC has been established at Gurugram, India and is collocated with Information Management and Analysis Centre which is jointly administered by the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.
- IFC-IOR is established with the vision of strengthening maritime security in the region and beyond, by building a common coherent maritime situation picture and acting as a maritime information hub for the region.
- Establishment of IFC- IOR would ensure that the entire region is benefited by mutual collaboration and exchange of information and understanding the concerns and threats which are prevalent in the region.
- The information Exchange at the IFC-IOR would be initially undertaken by virtual means, using telephone calls, faxes, emails and video conferencing over internet. Subsequently, to enable better interconnection, quicker analysis of information and provide timely inputs, the IFC-IOR would host Liaison Officers from partner countries.
Additionally, towards enhancing capability building, the IFC-IOR would undertake conduct of exercises and training capsules in maritime information collection and sharing