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OPERATION SANKALP                                                            

19th November, 2021 Security

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Context: INS Trikand is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman as part of Operation Sankalp.


About Operation Sankalp:

  • Operation Sankalp was started in June 2019 after there were explosions on board two oil tanker ships in the Gulf of Oman amid increased tensions between Iran and the U.S.
  • Significance:
  • The Indian Navy’s Operation Sankalp has provided safe passage to an average 16 Indian-flagged merchant vessels in the Gulf region everyday.
  • India is dependent for about 85% of its demand for oil on imports. In 2019-2020, around 62% of India’s oil imports valued at approximately $66 billion came from the Gulf region.
  • Due to the prevailing security situation in Persian Gulf, it is required to provide security to Indian-flagged merchant vessels transiting through the region by showing presence, escorting or providing close support to vessels as required.


About INS Trikand

  • It is a state-of-the-art guided missile stealth frigate.
  • It is part of the Western Fleet that operates under the Western Naval Command, based at Mumbai.