The Indian Navy launched 'Operation Sankalp' in the Persian Gulf

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The Indian Navy has launched 'Operation Sankalp' in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman as a measure to ensure the safety of Indian ships.

  • The stealth frigate of the Indian Navy, INS Talwar is presently deployed for Operation Sankalp, the third consecutive year of Indian Navy presence in the Gulf region, with the objective of safeguarding India's maritime interests.

  • Operation Sankalp

  • The Indian Navy had launched Operation Sankalp in the Gulf region on June 19, 2019, following the deteriorating security situation in the region following attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf of Oman.

  • It was started to ensure the safe passage of Indian flag ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

  • The operation is carried out in collaboration with stakeholders including the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Shipping, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

  • Under this, the Indian Navy is constantly monitoring the situation in the Gulf region. It maintains a presence in the region to ensure the security of maritime trade as well as the security of Indian flag merchant ships.

  • Persian Gulf

  • Also called the Arabian Gulf, it is a shallow marginal sea in the Indian Ocean located between the Arabian Peninsula and southwestern Iran.

  • Its length is about 990 km and its width ranges from a maximum of about 340 km to a minimum of 55 km in the Strait of Hormuz.

  • Gulf of Oman

  • The Gulf of Oman is located in the northwestern part of the Arabian Sea between the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula (Oman) and Iran.

  • It is 560 km long and connects to the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz.

  • It provides the only gateway into the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

  • It is a shipping route for the oil-producing region around the Persian Gulf.

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