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According to a US Department of Defence official, an Iranian attack drone attacked a chemical tanker in the Indian Ocean on Saturday. This is the fourth strike on commercial shipping by Iran since 2021.

According to the official, a chemical tanker in the Indian Ocean, 200 nautical miles off the coast of India, was attacked at around 10 a.m. local time (6 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time) today by a one-way attack drone launched from Iran. The ship, CHEM PLUTO, was floated by Liberia, owned by Japan, and operated by the Netherlands.

The purpose of a one-way attack drone is to destroy its target without going back to its starting point. The defence official announced that the fire on the tanker had been put out and that no casualties had been reported.

According to the statement, there were no US Navy boats nearby, and the struck vessel was being communicated with by Naval Forces Central Command.

Twenty-one Indians and one Vietnamese were on board when the attack occurred, according to the Indian coast guard. But it did say that no one had been hurt.

After communicating with the ship, it sent a patrol boat and a maritime surveillance plane, it added.

According to the coast guard, the MV Chem Pluto began making its voyage towards Mumbai while being escorted by the patrol vessel after assessing and repairing its power generation equipment.

With a scheduled arrival in the port city of Mangalore in southwestern India on December 25, the ship departed Saudi Arabia on December 19.

As previously reported by HEADLINESFOREVER, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are backed by Iran, have launched over a hundred strikes against twelve commercial and merchant ships passing through the Red Sea in the last four weeks, prompting this strike in the Indian Ocean.

On Saturday, US Central Command released a post on social media detailing further events of this nature. On Saturday, “a one-way attack drone” struck a crude oil tanker. Central Command reported that no injuries occurred. According to the command, a chemical tanker in the southern Red Sea had a “near miss” with a one-way drone on Saturday.

According to the statement, two “anti-ship ballistic missiles” were launched into the southern Red Sea from Yemeni areas held by the Houthis, but they failed to hit any ships. Additionally, the USS Laboon, a destroyer of the Navy, shot down four drones that were en route to it.

A new escalation in hostilities may have occurred on Saturday in the Indian Ocean involving a drone that the US claims originated from Iran. This strike follows repeated attacks emanating from Yemen.

According to National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson, who talked to HEADLINESFOREVER, the United States disclosed newly declassified material on Friday that implies Iran was “deeply involved in planning the operations against commercial vessels in the Red Sea.”

“Iranian support throughout the Gaza crisis has enabled the Houthis to launch attacks against Israel and maritime targets, though Iran has often deferred operational decision-making authority to the Houthis,” Watson said, citing recently declassified intelligence.

The United States of America has begun a maritime alliance known as Operation Prosperity Guardian this week to increase safety in the southern Red Sea. According to the Pentagon, over 20 governments have already expressed their support for the effort.


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