Arabian Sea News
The Indian Navy and Coast Guard officials on Friday (May 21) recovered two more bodies from Arabian Sea days after a powerful cyclone sank a barge off the country's west coast, killing 51 people on board. Cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful storm to barrel into the west coast in two decades, has so far killed at least 51 others after wreaking havoc in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.
Govt has constituted an inquiry committee to probe the stranding, drifting of vessels into the sea The committee has been asked to submit its inquiry report in one month The high-level committee comprises of Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, Directorate General of Shipping and Joint Secretary Ministry of Defence
The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued a forecast about a low-pressure area which is forming over the Arabian Sea and warned that it may intensify into a cyclone by May 16. Earlier in the day, the IMD too had advised fishermen out in deep sea in coastal areas of the country to return to the coast and also advised them not to venture into the sea.
Pakistan has been trying to unilaterally take over the islands of Buddhoo and Bundal without a consent of the Sindh govt. Imran Khan had expressed to develop various islands along the coast of Sindh during his 2019 visit to China. Sindhi govt and leaders as well as several Baloch parties have been protesting against the decision.
This is the first military exercise after the two countries signed a landmark agreement on September 9 that will allow their militaries to access each other's bases for logistics support. It is reportedly being conducted in a 'non-contact at-sea-only format', in view of the COVID-19 restrictions. The JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with a special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in October 2018 off Visakhapatnam coast.
INS Talwar on Monday undertook refuelling with US Navy tanker USNS Yukon in the northern Arabian Sea using provisions of a defence agreement. "INS Talwar on mission based deployment in Northern Arabian sea undertook refuelling with US Navy Fleet Tanker USNS Yukon under LEMOA," tweeted the Navy spokesperson. "The evolution apart from highlighting interoperability between Indian Navy and US Navy enables presence for enhancing maritime security," it further tweeted.