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Indian Navy to deploy guided-missile destroyers after strike off its coast

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian Navy will deploy guided-missile destroyers to the Arabian Sea after an Israeli-affiliated merchant ship was struck off the Indian coast over the weekend, in a bid to “maintain a dissuasive presence,” she announced late. Monday.

The Indian Navy was investigating the nature of the attack on the ship, the MV Chem Pluto, which docked in Mumbai on Monday, and initial reports pointed to a drone attack, the statement said.

“Additional forensic and technical analysis will be required to establish the attack vector, including the type and quantity of explosive used,” the statement added.

An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday called the U.S. claim that Iran attacked the ship near India “baseless.”

The Pentagon announced on Saturday that a drone launched from Iran had struck the MV Chem Pluto in the Indian Ocean. The strike comes as a U.S.-led task force attempts to counter similar challenges in the Red Sea.

“In view of the recent spate of attacks in the Arabian Sea, the Indian Navy has deployed guided missile destroyers, INS Mormugao, INS Kochi and INS Kolkata… in various areas to maintain a deterrent presence,” it said. the navy press release.

The Navy said a joint investigation into the attack was being conducted by various agencies after its explosive ordnance disposal team completed its analysis.

The ship’s crew included 21 Indians and one Vietnamese citizen.

(Reporting by Krishn Kaushik; writing by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; editing by Jamie Freed)

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